At 4am on October 15, the centre of the storm was at around 19.3 North Latitude and 106.8 East Longitude, 120km off the shore of eastern Thanh Hoa – Ha Tinh provinces. The strongest winds near the centre picked up at 39-61km/hour with gusts of wind increasing from category 6 to category 9.
In the next 12 hours, the tropical low pressure system will travel west at a speed of 10-15km/hour and may make a direct impact on the Tonkin Gulf and provinces stretching from the central coastal Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh. Accordingly, it hit the mainland from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh on the morning of October 15. At 4pm the same day, the centre of the storm will be around 19.3 North Latitude and 105.3 East Longitude, off the coast of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. The strongest winds near the centre were estimated at category 6 at about 39-49km/hour with strong winds.
It is forecast that in the next 24 hours, the system will continue to travel west, smash into the mainland and weaken to an area of low pressure.
The low pressure will affect the Tonkin Gulf and the coastal area stretching down from the Red River delta to central Ha Tinh province. Coastal areas in Thanh Hoa and central provinces should intensify measures to cope with surging tidal waves, from 3-4m. Local people should be also prepared to cope with heavy rains, flashfloods and landslides in mountainous and low-lying areas.
Meanwhile, by 7pm on October 14, six fishing vessels with 53 people on board had been reported to have experienced engine failure on the way to back to the shore to avoid the tropical low pressure system, according to Thanh Hoa province’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control. Provincial authorities have sent rescue forces to help these vessels.
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