Powerful Storm Nakri, the sixth yet strongest typhoon from the East Vietnam Sea this year, is on its way to make landfall in central and south-central provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa late on Sunday.
The storm, which had developed from a tropical depression on Tuesday evening, strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday morning.
It was about 140 kilometers north-northeast of Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, packing winds at up to 135 kilometers per hour as of 10:00 am the same day, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
The typhoon is expected to be located about 290 kilometers east of the coast of central and south-central provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa by 4:00 am Sunday.
|Big waves, cloudy sky with low visibility in Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, November 9, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
In the next 24 to 48 hours, Nakri will travel west-northwest at up to 15 kilometers an hour and make landfall in Vietnam just south of the central city of Da Nang late on Sunday or early Monday.
It will then gradually weaken into a tropical low pressure system in the Central Highlands region.
As the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting issued a typhoon warning for the country on Saturday morning, localities along the south-central coast are bracing for the storm.
Students in the central province of Quang Ngai and the south-central provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa have been asked to stay at home on Monday.