A tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea developed into a storm on Thursday morning, marking the first tropical storm to hit the Southeast Asian country this year.
The storm, named Chaba, was located 400 kilometers east of Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago at 10:00 am on Thursday, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
The average wind speed was recorded at 62-74km per hour, and gusts were up to 100km an hour.
Storm Chaba is expected to travel northwest in the next 48 hours.
As of 10:00 am on Saturday, the storm will be situated 120 kilometers northeast of China’s Hainan Island, packing winds at 62-88km per hour.
Due to the influence of the storm, rough seas, strong winds, and waves as high as three to five meters will occur in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea.
The border guard command reported on Thursday morning that it had warned nearly 60,000 ships of the storm.
The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has asked authorities in the coastal localities from northern Quang Ninh Province to south-central Binh Dinh Province to make necessary preparations.
The committee warned that the storm will become more powerful over the next few days, adding that its development will be complicated.