Diners stranded after monsoon turns road into flooded river

Diners eating at a restaurant last night (Fri) were stranded after a tropical storm turned the road outside into a river.

Dozens of people were packed into the bar and eatery in Pattaya, Thailand when the heavens opened at 10 pm amid thunder and lightning.

The powerful monsoon rain caused a flash flood leaving drivers and motorcycle riders battling their way through the deluge on the road outside.

Reveller Pornpicha, 23, filmed the scene as other diners stood on the terrace holding umbrellas in the downpour. One is heard saying in the clip: ''It's like the sea, the waves are so big.''

The second half of the video shows cars negotiating flash floods on the nearby Beach Road area, the main tourist strip in the popular holiday city.