Storm Doksuri to make landfall in central Vietnam Friday afternoon

15:07 | 15/09/2017 Society

The huge, rapidly moving, Storm Doksuri is forecast to make landfall in the central coastal provinces from Nghe An to Quang Tri on the afternoon of September 15, warns the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

Dong Hoi fishermen, Quang Binh province, tie their boats to avoid storm damage - Credit: NDO

According to the national meteorological agency, at 8am this morning, the location of Doksuri, said to be the strongest typhoon in a decade, was approximately 17.7 degrees north latitude and 107.2 degrees east latitude, right off the coast of provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Tri. The strongest wind in the area near its center was blowing at 115-150kph.

It is forecast that in the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move in a northwest ward direction at 20-25kph. This afternoon, the center of Doksuri, the tenth storm in the East Sea so far this year, will hit the mainland in the provinces from Nghe An to Quang Tri, with the strongest winds at 100-115kph.

In the next 12-24 hours, the typhoon will continue to move in a northwestern direction, at 20-25kph into the mainland, before weakening into a tropical depression in upper Laos.

Quang Tri fishing boats in anchor ahead of the storm’s approach

The NCHMF forecast rainfall of up to 400mm for localities in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri. Other provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai could receive as much as 100-300mm of heavy rains. In Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh and Son La, as well as locales in the northern part of the Red River Delta, rainfall of 50-200mm is forecast.

The center said that the floods are predicted to occur in the river systems from Thanh Hoa province to Quang Ngai province between September 14 and 17.

The urban areas of Vinh, Ha Tinh, Dong Hoi, Quang Tri and Hue were warned about flooding triggered by heavy rains. The northern region, including the capital city of Hanoi, will be hardly affected by the typhoon, although the city is expecting some rainfall over the weekend.

Coastal provinces are continuing to gear up for the strong typhoon.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung visits and encourages fishermen in the central provinces on September 14 ahead of Storm Doksuri’s approach

On Thursday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung inspected preparations against the typhoon in Nghe An province. Later the same day, the Deputy PM who is also Chairman of the National Committee for Response to Disaster and Search and Rescue, also visited Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces to inspect storm prevention work...

Theo NDO