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Eighth tropical storm of the season looms over East Sea

Update: September, 18/2013 - 09:39
Fishermen in the central Da Nang Province pull motor-boats ashore to avoid the eighth storm, which was forecast to make landfall in the neighbouring provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai early tomorrow morning and then weaken to a tropical low-pressure system again.—VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam

HA NOI (VNS)— A tropical low-pressure system over the East Sea developed into a storm yesterday morning, the eighth for the year, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The storm was forecast to make landfall in the coastal central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai early tomorrow morning and then weaken to a tropical low-pressure system again.

The centre said the storm was predicted to bring torrential rains for provinces from Nghe An to Khanh Hoa and the northern part of the Central Highland region this morning. The provinces have been put on the alert for floods and landslides.

Bui Minh Tang, director of the national forecasting centre said that torrential rains would last for at least three days. Provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai could receive as much as 200-500mm, he said.

Showers and whirlwinds will blanket the sea from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau provinces. The storm has already caused strong winds and rough seas in the northern and central parts of the East Sea.

By 4pm yesterday, the eye of the storm was near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, with wind speeds reaching 62-74km per hour. It is moving west at 5-10km per hour.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said yesterday ordered that all preparations for the storm would have to be completed tonight.

He said that the most affected area would be from Quang Binh to Phu Yen Province. Therefore, he ordered local authorities to warn fishing vessels to find anchorage.

Hai assigned ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Industry and Trade to regulate water release in local reservoirs to prevent flooding from any extra rains. He said authorities should prepare to evacuate residents if necessary.

The National Committee for Rescue and Research said about 6,000 people, 250 boats and six helicopters were ready to help cope with the effects of the storm. — VNS

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