The eye of storm Vamco, the 13th to hit Vietnam this year, was spotted in the waters of the central provinces from Quang Binh to Thua Thien-Hue by 8 a.m. on November 15.
The storm packed the strongest winds at level 8-9, gusting at level 12 and caused heavy rains with rainfall ranging from 100 to 150 millimeters, the local media reported.
Due to the impact of the storm, Ly Son Island off Quang Ngai Province has experienced winds at level 9, gusting at level 11, while the coastal areas of Thua Thien-Hue and Danang have had winds at level 7-8, gusting at level 9-10.
By 8:30 a.m. on November 15, the coastal areas of Gio Linh and Vinh Linh of Quang Tri Province also had heavy downpours and strong winds, blowing off some makeshift houses, shops and billboards, and uprooting many trees.
A section of National Highway 1 in Cua Tung Town of Quang Tri Province’s Vinh Linh District has been flooded, so the local authorities have warned local residents not to travel on the section.
By 6 a.m. on the same day, many trees in Hue City of Thua Thien-Hue Province were also uprooted, while the roof of a primary school in Phu Thuan Commune of Phu Vang District was blown off.
The provinces from Nghe An to Quang Nam have had rainfall of over 250 millimeters.
The storm is forecast to move west-northwest to the mainland of the provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue at 15-20 kilometers per hour and weaken into a tropical low.
The waters of the provinces from Ha Tinh to Danang, including Con Co Island, will experience heavy rains, strong winds at level 8-9 and high sea waves of six to eight meters.
In addition, low-lying coastal, estuary and lagoon areas in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Danang may be flooded.
On November 15 and 16, the area from the south of Nghe An Province to Quang Nam Province is predicted to experience heavy rains with rainfall of 100-250 millimeters. The rainfall in the north of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa may reach 50-150 millimeters.
This article was originally published in Sgtimes