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Typhoon Sonca to make landfall in north-central Vietnam this week

Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:33 GMT+7

A tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea has developed into Storm Sonca and is heading toward north-central Vietnam.

Typhoon Sonca was centered 150 kilometers southeast of China’s Hainan Island as of 4:00 am on Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The storm is expected to produce winds of 60 to 75km per hour and squalls of up to 100km an hour, traveling northwestward at a velocity of five kilometers per hour.

In the next 24 to 48 hours, the typhoon is forecast to make landfall in provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh in north-central Vietnam before weakening into a tropical low.

The weather system should remain in the region until Wednesday morning, packing winds of 40 to 60km per hour.

Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, said that they would be monitoring the storm closely this week.

Under the influence of Sonca, rough seas and waves of up to three and five meters are anticipated in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea.

The central and southern regions will also be affected by strong winds, while rain is in the forecast along the coastline from Ca Mau City to Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.

Heavy rain will impact provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh.

Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, will be influenced by downpours over coming days, with torrential rain likely in the evening with the expectation that these will increase in intensity until Tuesday.

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