Super typhoon Yutu is currently located east of the Philippines and is heading toward the East Vietnam Sea.
The typhoon was located at about 370 kilometers east of the Philippines’ Ludon Island as of 7:00 am on Monday, packing winds at 150 to 185km per hour and gusts at up to 220km an hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.
It is expected to travel southwestward at 15 to 20km per hour in the next hours.
Yutu will reach Ludon Islands as of 7:00 am on Tuesday, with wind speed reducing to between 135 and 150km per hour.
The typhoon will then travel northwest in the next 24 to 48 hours before being located at about 570 kilometers east of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea on Wednesday.
As of 7:00 am on Thursday, it will be at 420 kilometers east of the Paracel Archipelago, before heading toward mainland China.
According to Le Thi Xuan Lan, a weather pundit based in Ho Chi Minh City, Yutu and its circulation will have mild effects on the weather in Vietnam.
Rain and thunderstorms will mainly occur in the central region in the first half of the week, Lan elaborated.
Downpours are expected to dampen both central and southern provinces toward the weekend, she added.
Rough seas will also occur in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea under the influence of the typhoon.
Authorities in coastal localities from northern Quang Ninh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Provicne have been asked to closely monitor the development of the storm and remain in contact with local fishermen to deal with emerging issues.