Typhoon Tembin is on its track toward southern Vietnam and has been forecast to make landfall on Monday evening.
The tropical storm, the 16th to hit Vietnam this year, will hit the mainland from the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
The typhoon started sweeping through Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago on Sunday evening, uprooting trees and blowing off house roofs.
It was located 410 kilometers east of Con Dao Islands off Ba Ria-Vung Tau at 4:00 am on Monday, producing winds at 100 to 135km per hour and squalls at the maximum of 166km an hour.
|A map showing the location of Typhoon Tembin at 9:00 am on December 25, 2017. Photo: windy.com|
Tembin will travel westward at 25km per hour in the next 24 hours and make landfall in the southern region tonight, packing winds at 80 to 100km per hour and gusts at up to 150km an hour.
By 4:00 am on Tuesday, the storm will have struck the Mekong Delta.
Under the combined influences of Typhoon Tembin and a cold front, strong winds and rough seas will occur along the coast of south-central and southern Vietnam.
Heavy rain will fall on southern Vietnam throughout Monday and is expected to spread to the south-central and central regions on Tuesday, and to north-central and northern provinces on Wednesday.
During a teleconference on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged local authorities to take all precautionary measures to brace for the storm, which will reach the disaster level when it makes landfall.
|Trees are uprooted in Truong Sa. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Residents in dangerous areas must be evacuated, while officers from all units are required to be ready to assist local residents and deal with any emerging issue.
All ships must take shelter to ensure safety.
Speaking at the gathering, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, asserted that Tembin is a dangerous typhoon, while southern Vietnam is very likely to be hit the hardest.
Tides are rising at the time, placing enormous pressure on embankment systems in the region, Cuong added.