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East Sea tropical low pressure system gathers strength

Update: June, 04/2018 - 06:00
A low-pressure system near the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago is likely to become a storm in the East Sea, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. — Photo nhanongxanh.vn

HÀ NỘI — A low-pressure system near the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago is likely to become a storm in the East Sea, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

At 2:30pm yesterday, the tropical low pressure system was about 220km to the south of Hoàng Sa archipelago. The strongest winds near its centre were estimated at 40 - 60km per hour.

Over the next 24 hours, the tropical low pressure is forecast to move north at a speed of 10km per hour and is likely to become a storm.

Its influence caused heavy rains, winds and cyclones on the waters off the coast of the central and southern regions from Cà Mau to Kiên Giang provinces and in the Gulf of Thailand.

Over the following 24 – 48 hours, it will move north at a speed of about 10km per hour, with strongest winds near its centre estimated at 60 – 90 km per hour.

Over the next 72 hours, the system will move north - northwest at a speed of about 5 – 10 km per hour.

The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said the system caused normal and heavy rains in Quảng Ngãi and Bình Định, where low-lying areas are at high risk of landslides and flash floods.

According to the Quảng Ngãi steering board for natural disaster prevention and search-rescue missions, as of 7am yesterday, a total of 1,160 fishing vessels with 9,359 labourers aboard were still at sea.

Some 2,000 tourists were stranded on Lý Sơn Island, 30km off central Quảng Ngãi Province, as passenger boat services have been suspended due to rough seas. —VNS

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