A tropical low-pressure system in the East Vietnam Sea may soon strengthen into a storm that will move toward the northern region, the central weather agency has warned.
At 4:00 am on Tuesday, the tropical depression was seen in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands territorial waters with winds of 49 kilometers per hour and strong gusts of up to 74 kilometers per hour, the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting reported.
In the next 24 hours, the depression will move northwest at about 10 kilometers per hour and will likely develop into a storm, which is expected to be about 120 kilometers southeast of China’s Hainan Island by Wednesday morning.
The moving tropical depression will bring showers and thunderstorms to the waters of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in the East Vietnam Sea, the sea areas from Quang Tri to Kien Giang, and the Gulf of Thailand.
Whirlwinds and strong gusts may appear during the rainstorms, the center warned.
Meanwhile, another tropical depression was also observed in the waters south of Taiwan, near the East Vietnam Sea, on Tuesday morning.
It is forecast that the depression will move northwest at 25 kilometers per hour and will reach China’s Fujian Province on Wednesday morning, the center said.
Due to the impacts of the two tropical depressions, the weather in the East Vietnam Sea will develop complicatedly.
The center advised that people and vessels operating at sea should pay close attention to the developments of these depressions as they may change their directions in the near future.
During Wednesday and Thursday, heavy rain may cover many parts of the northern and north-central regions, while showers and thunderstorms will hit the south-central, Central Highlands, and southern areas from Tuesday until the weekend, the center said.