HA NOI — A tropical low pressure system over the East Sea has gained in intensity to become tropical storm Talim, the second such storm in the area this year.
At 9.30pm yesterday, the storm's eye was about 270km to the east of China's Hainan Island, with wind speeds of 75-88kph. It was moving east-northeast at 10-15kph and continuing to grow in strength, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said.
This afternoon, the storm is forecast to be 240km from Hong Kong.
The storm will not hit Viet Nam's land, as typhoon Guchol is near the Phillipines and moving towards Japan, the centre said.
However, it affected weather in the north and middle areas of the East Sea, including Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, causing wind at speeds of 61kph.
Other sea areas, from central Binh Thuan province to southern Ca Mau province and southern areas of the East Sea, including Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, would have less-strong winds and rough seas.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control on Sunday issued a circular to coastal provinces from northeastern Quang Ninh to central Phu Yen to urge proper storm prevention.
As of yesterday morning, more than 45,100 boats with nearly 230,000 people working on sea were informed about the storm.
Central Quang Ngai Province's Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control reported that the storm sank two local fishing boats and damaged another which were around Hoang Sa archipelago, all fishermen on board were rescued.
Le Van Hien, an official from northern Hai Phong City's People's Committee, said that contact with all local offshore fishing boats near Hoang Sa Archipelago remained.
Central Ha Tinh Province's Agriculture and Rural Development Department deputy director Dang Ngoc Son said that all local offshore fishing boats reached shelter yesterday and only onshore ones were still working.
The first tropical storm, Pakhar, hit the East Sea area on April 1, affecting HCM City and south-eastern provinces. — VNS