According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, Storm ‘Utor’ has changed direction and made landfall in the southwestern part of China in Guangdong Province, on afternoon of August 14.
By August 14, the storm was located at longitude 21.8 degrees north and latitude 111.7 degrees east with maximum wind speeds near the eye of the storm at more than 150 kph.
According to weather forecasts, by morning of August 15, the storm will move north northwestwards and later change direction to move northwestwards at speed of 15 kph. However, after the storm makes landfall on the Chinese mainland, it will weaken and turn into a tropical depression.
Although Storm ‘Utor’ did not enter Vietnam, it influenced the northern regions, which saw heavy rains that will continue in coming days. The northern and northeast mountainous provinces will see moderate to heavy rain, floods and landslides in some places.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention has required districts and cities to implement measures to ensure safety of dykes, dams and lowlands, as well as alert leaders of coastal provinces and not allow any fishing ships and boats to go out to sea.