Thailand begins cleanup from Tropical Storm Pabuk

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Koh Samui, Thailand (CGTN / CNN) -- Residents of southern Thailand's east coast are sorting through the wreckage left behind after Tropical Storm Pabuk.

Rain, winds and surging seawater are striking southern Thailand as a strengthening tropical storm nears nervous coastal villages and popular tourist resorts. Courtesy: CNN

It battered coastal homes with heavy winds and surging seas.

The storm also caused outages.

Authorities say the damage is widespread.

Four people were killed in the storm.