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Tropical depression develops into storm in East Vietnam Sea

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 13:33 GMT+7
Tropical depression develops into storm in East Vietnam Sea
A map detailing the journey of Tropical Storm Higos in the East Vietnam Sea from August 18 to 20, 2020. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

A tropical depression has evolved into a storm after entering the East Vietnam Sea, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

The low-pressure system developed into Tropical Storm Higos, the fourth to hit Vietnam this year, on Tuesday morning.

The storm was located at 630 kilometers northeast of Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago as of 7:00 am Tuesday, packing winds of 60-75km per hour and gusts at up to 100km an hour.

Over the next 24 hours, the storm will travel northwestward and pick up strength.

By 7:00 am Wednesday, Storm Higos will be located in the maritime area off China’s Guangdong Province, with wind speeds increasing to 75-90km per hour and gusts at up to 120km an hour.

It will continue heading northwest in the next 24 to 48 hours and will be in the southern part of China’s Guangxi Province on Thursday morning.

The storm is then expected to weaken into a tropical depression in the next 48 to 60 hours.

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