Two separate tropical depressions have formed and are forecast to reach southern and south-central Vietnam on Wednesday, bringing stormy weather, with one possibly hitting Da Nang.
By Tuesday night, one of the low-pressure systems had been 300 kilometers east of Con Dao Island off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, packing winds of between 40 and 60km per hour and gusts of around 80km an hour.
The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting predicted that it would reach the coast of Ben Tre and Ca Mau Provinces in southern Vietnam by Wednesday, traveling northwest at 15 to 20km an hour.
As a result, the south of the country is forecast to be hit by heavy rains from Tuesday until the end of Thursday, with average rainfall estimated at between 100 and 150 millimeters.
Showers are also likely in south-central and central provinces during the period.
In addition, the second tropical depression, which formed about 680 kilometers east of the Philippines’ Palawan Island on Tuesday, is traveling westward at an average velocity of 20km an hour.
This weather front is predicted to pick up strength and become a storm before entering the East Vietnam Sea by Thursday morning.
According to Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the progress of the two tropical depressions is complicated as they can interact with each other.
It is likely that the second tropical depression will develop into a typhoon and head toward south-central or central Vietnam, causing adverse weather conditions for next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Hai stated.
The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control sent a document to authorities in coastal provinces on Tuesday, from south-central Quang Ngai Province to the southern province of Kien Giang, encouraging each locale to carry out proper preparations and evacuate residents from dangerous areas.
Source: Tuoi Tre News