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Storm Vamco unleashes wrath in central Vietnam

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 11:57 GMT+7
Storm Vamco unleashes wrath in central Vietnam
An elementary school is damaged by strong gusts unleashed by Storm Vamco in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Quang Dan / Tuoi Tre

Many trees have been uprooted and houses have had their roofs blown away by strong gusts as Tropical Storm Vamco, the 13th to hit Vietnam this year, closes in on the north-central mainland.

As of 10:00 am on Sunday, the storm was located in the maritime area off the localities from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue Provinces, packing wind speed of 75-90km per hour and gusts at up to 133km an hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

Vamco is expected to travel westward and make landfall between Ha Tinh and Thua Thien-Hue in the next hours, before weakening into a tropical depression.

House roof are blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

House roofs are blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The tropical depression will release winds at 40-60km per hour, head toward Laos in the next six to 12 hours, and be further downgraded.

Due to the storm circulation, heavy downpours of 100-200 millimeters will batter provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue on November 15 and 16.

A tree is uprooted in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tree is uprooted in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Rainfall of 40-80 millimeters will also dampen the Red River Delta, as well as Hoa Binh and Son La Provinces during this period.

Rough seas and high waves will occur along the coast from Ha Tinh Province to Da Nang City, while coastal areas are also at high risk of inundation.

A tree is uprooted in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tree is uprooted in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, strong winds and heavy rain started affecting central provinces early on Sunday.

Multiple trees have been uprooted while many houses have had their roofs blown away.

A signboard is knocked down by strong wind in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Huu Kha / Tuoi Tre

A signboard is knocked down by strong winds in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Huu Kha / Tuoi Tre

A house has its roof blown off in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre

A house has its roof blown off in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre

A cargo vessel is washed ashore in in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

A cargo vessel is washed ashore in in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

Houses are damaged by strong waves at a coastal area in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Houses are damaged by strong waves in a coastal area in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Houses are damaged by strong waves at a coastal area in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Houses are damaged by strong waves in a coastal area in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

A river bank is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Dinh The Anh / Tuoi Tre

A riverbank is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Dinh The Anh / Tuoi Tre

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