Local authorities have been ordered to instruct fishing boats and other vessels in the East Sea to take shelter as Nakri, the sixth storm to strike Vietnam this year, is strengthening.
Fishing boats take shelter from Storm No.6 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The storm is intensifying in the East Sea
The storm was hovering some 290 kilometers northeast of Song Tu Tay Island of the country’s Truong Sa Archipelago as of 7 a.m. today, November 8, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 115 kilometers per hour, gusting at level 14, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
It is forecast to drift west-southwest at 5-10 kilometers per hour and will possibly grow more intense in the next 24 hours. By 7 a.m. on November 9, its center may be located 140 kilometers north of the island, packing strong winds at 135 kilometers per hour, gusting at level 15.
It may continue on a slow west-northwest drift in the next 48-72 hours before making landfall and weakening into a tropical depression in the Central Highlands localities early on November 11.
As this could be the strongest storm of the year, fishing boats and other vessels must be alerted of the danger, said Mai Van Khiem, director of the center, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.
When it makes a closer approach to the mainland and moves over cold water, the storm will likely be downgraded to level 9. During this weekend, it is predicted to affect central localities from Danang to Binh Thuan and possibly the southeast provinces, added Khiem.
According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue, over 240,000 people and some 47,000 vehicles had been briefed on the storm’s direction and advised to seek shelter as of November 7.
In response to warnings over the weather hazard, many central provinces have proactively adopted preventive measures, including calling on fishermen to move to safe areas and placing taskforces on standby for disaster response.
Besides this, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has worked with the competent agencies of the Philippines and Malaysia, requesting them to allow Vietnamese fishing vessels to take shelter in their waters and to assist Vietnamese fishermen in case they encounter bad circumstances. SGT
Tropical storm Nakri, the sixth storm to affect Vietnam in 2019, is moving slowly eastwards and is expected to change course and head to Vietnam’s central region in the next 24 hours.
Storm Nakri, the sixth typhoon from the East Sea this year, with strong level 8 winds, is moving on the East Sea with a slow speed but complicated direction.
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