|Fishing vessels anchor at local port in central coastal Quang Ngai Province. — Illustrative photo vietfish.org
HA NOI (VNS) — A tropical storm, internationally called as Melor, with wind speeds reaching up to 150km per hour and churning through central Philippines, is heading for the East Sea.
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said this morning the tropical storm was forecast to be 580km to the east of Song Tu Tay Island – belonging to the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago -- by 7am tomorrow.
The storm, moving west at 5km to 10km per hour, was predicted to bring strong winds, 3m to 4m-high waves and rough seas in the eastern part of the East Sea this evening, the centre said.
To brace for the storm, the department of search and rescue under the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army yesterday issued an urgent message, asking the border and marine police to actively inform all vessels out on the sea about the storm.
The border and marine police were also asked to mobilise all emergency forces to cope with the storm.
A quick report early this morning by the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said 910 vessels were fishing in the middle of the East Sea and near Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, and about 52,700 vessels were in other places.
In another development, the national forecasting centre said a cold spell hit the northern provinces this morning, causing a drop in temperature of about 5 to 7 degrees Celsius.
The temperature in Ha Noi today was about 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. It will drop further in the next two days. Severe cold is expected to hit the northern region for at least three days.
Frost has been forecast in the mountainous areas of Sa Pa and Mau Son at midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, the centre said. — NS