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>> Son Tinh to strike northern coasts in 9 hrs>> Heavy rains, high waves prior to typhoon landfall>> Powerful storm to strike central Vietnam tonight
>> Typhoon likely to hit Central Vietnam tomorrow
>> Son Tinh to enter East Sea, affecting Central Vietnam
Due to the typhoon, the northern area of the Gulf of Tonkin, including Co To, Van Don, Cat Hai and Bach Long Vi Islands, today have winds of 40-75 kph with gusts of 117 kph, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center reported.
Meanwhile, the coastal area between Quang Ninh and Thai Binh provinces has winds of 40-62 kph, together with heavy rain.
As of this morning at least three people have been killed by the storm in central Quang Ngai Province, while two others went missing in Quang Ninh. The typhoon also knocked down trees, destroyed houses, damaged dykes and embankments, and submerged many areas in numerous areas of central Vietnam.
In Hai Phong City, more than 10 people were swept away by floodwater caused by heavy rains from the storm yesterday, while many areas in the city lost electricity.
In Nam Dinh City, a 180 meter-tall television tower, the tallest and most advanced in Northern Vietnam, collapsed, but luckily the incident caused no casualties. Total damage was estimated at about VND35 billion (US$1.68 million), said Tran Anh Tu, director of the Nam Dinh TV and Broadcasting Station.
Many areas in Nam Dinh were submerged under 1 meter of water while many trees and power lines fell across the city
The typhoon yesterday also knocked down the Hon La sea dyke that linked Hon Co and Hon La Islands in Quang Binh province. The dyke was valued at over VND80 billion.
In Quang Ninh Province, two tourist boats were swept away in Ha Long city, another boat was broken up in Cam Pha Town, and the antenna pole of the Quang Yen Town Broadcasting Station was broken.
In Ha Tinh, the storm caused serious damage to the province’s Loc Ha seashore, as seawater flowed 10 meters inland.
The storm has also brought heavy rains to many provinces, with rainfall measuring 100-200mm in northeastern provinces, 400 mm in Thai Binh, 330 mm in Nam Dinh’s Van Ly and Hai Phong’s Phu Lien, 220 mm in Quang Ninh’s Cua Ong, and 260 mm in Co To Island.
Meanwhile, a cold air front will affect northern provinces from tomorrow afternoon, October 30, maintaining rain in the region. In provinces in the northern and middle area of Central Vietnam, showers and thunderstorms will occurred tomorrow night and temperatures will drop.