Tropical Storm Ma-on entered the East Vietnam Sea on Tuesday night, becoming the third storm to hit Vietnam this year and is expected to bring heavy downpours to northern provinces.
As of 7:00 am, Storm Ma-on was located in the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea about 530 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
The average wind speed was 89-117km per hour and gusts were blowing at up to 160km an hour.
The storm is forecast to travel northwest in the next 24 hours and will be situated above the maritime area southwest of China’s Guangdong Province by 7:00 am on Thursday.
Winds unleashed by Ma-on will increase to 103-133km per hour, while gusts will reach up to 180km an hour.
The storm is expected to continue heading northwest and be downgraded to a tropical depression in the next 24-48 hours.
As of 7:00 am on Friday, the average wind speed will drop to 39-49km per hour.
Due to the influence of the storm, torrential rains are forecast to batter northern localities and north-central Thanh Hoa Province from Thursday evening to Saturday.
Rough seas, strong gusts, and waves as high as six to eight meters will be recorded in the northern section of the East Vietnam Sea.