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Tropical storm Vamco to hit VN today

Update: September, 14/2015 - 14:58
Tropical storm Vamco, with wind speeds of 60km to 75km per hour, is expected to hit coastal provinces extending from Da Nang to Quang Ngai this afternoon. — Photo The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting

HA NOI (VNS) — Tropical storm Vamco, with wind speeds of 60km to 75km per hour, is expected to hit coastal provinces extending from Da Nang to Quang Ngai this afternoon.

This is the third storm to hit the East Sea this year.

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting said that at 8am, the eye of the storm was located about 140km to the east of the coastal provinces of Da Nang and Quang Ngai.

Storm Vamco is moving westwards at 15km per hour and is expected to make landfall this afternoon.

From today till Wednesday, provinces in the central section of the central region and northern Central Highlands will experience heavy rain.

From tomorrow till Friday, heavy rain is expected to hit the northern section of the central region and the Hong (Red) River Delta.

The rains could bring floods in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa to Binh Dinh and the northern section of Central Highland provinces. The provinces also face the risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.

The National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control this morning said vessels out on the sea should leave dangerous areas and seek shelter in safe places.

Yesterday, it issued a dispatch directing localities and ministries to implement plans to deal with the tropical low pressure front.

Authorities have been instructed to inform ship owners about the location, direction and developments of the storm.

The committee asked provinces to be ready to rescue forces and vehicles, while submitting regular reports on the situation to the offices of the National Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue.

According to the national weather forecast, the El Nino phenomenon could cause about six tropical storms in the East Sea this year, half of them directly hitting Viet Nam. — VNS

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