|Source: National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting
HA NOI (VNS) — Coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Binh Thuan spent the past day preparing for tropical storm Kujira (whale in Japanese), which formed yesterday morning above the territorial waters of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.
The storm, with wind speeds of 60-75km per hour by 2pm yesterday, is the first tropical storm in the East Sea this year.
The quick preparations began after the National Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control sent an urgent message yesterday, ordering coastal inhabitants to ready resources for emergencies and offshore fishing vessels to find safe anchorage for shelter.
The latest report from the centre said more than 22,650 fishing vessels had been notified about the storm's progress.
The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said the storm was moving north at 10km per hour and gain strength in the next 12 hours.
The eye of the storm is predicted to be at China's Leizhou Peninsula by 4pm tomorrow afternoon. Territories in the northern part of the Paracel Archipelago should expect strong winds and high waves of 3-5 metres.
Due to the storm, torrential rains and thunderstorms will likely affect the seas from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau provinces. — VNS