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​Tembin to weaken, may not make landfall in Vietnam

Monday, December 25, 2017, 14:52 GMT+7

Tropical storm Tembin may have a slight change in its direction, thus is not likely to make landfall in Vietnam, while wind speed has been forecast to decrease.

According to the latest information from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, Typhoon Tembin was located 290 kilometers east of Con Dao Islands off the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau as of 10:00 am on Monday.

Average wind speed was recorded at 90 to 115km per hour while squalls blew at up to 149km an hour.

It was forecast to continue traveling westward at 20km an hour in the next 24 hours, and will have been located off the coast between the Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang by 10:00 am on Tuesday.

Wind speed will drop to between 60 and 75km per hour.

Rain started falling on Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau at 11:00 am on December 25, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Rain started falling on Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau at 11:00 am on December 25, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The path of the storm will shift a little to the south, so it may not make landfall in southern Vietnam as stated in previous reports.

In the next 24 to 36 hours, Tembin will keep traveling westward before weakening into a tropical depression.

At around 10:00 pm on Tuesday, the tropical depression is expected to be situated 150 kilometers southwest of Tho Chu Island off Kien Giang Province, packing winds at 40 to 60km per hour.

According to Nguyen Dang Quang, an official from the forecasting center, the affected area will remain the same despite the change in the storm’s direction.

Rough seas and strong winds will still occur off the coastline from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ca Mau.

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