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Typhoon Talim to hit Quang Ninh - Thai Binh area in northern Vietnam: forecast

Typhoon Talim to hit Quang Ninh - Thai Binh area in northern Vietnam: forecast

Monday, July 17, 2023, 13:00 GMT+7
Typhoon Talim to hit Quang Ninh - Thai Binh area in northern Vietnam: forecast
A map detailing the expected route of typhoon Talim, the first storm in the East Vietnam Sea this year. Photo: National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting

Typhoon Talim in the East Vietnam Sea will pass through China’s Leizhou Island on Tuesday morning before making landfall in the area from Quang Ninh to Thai Binh Provinces in northern Vietnam later the same day, according to the forecast from the central weather agency.

The typhoon, the first storm in the waters this year, was located 290km east and southeast of Leizhou at 7:00 am Monday, packing winds of up to 133km per hour and squalls reaching 183km per hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

At 4:00 am on Tuesday, the typhoon will be centered in the eastern part of Leizhou, around 190km east of Vietnam’s northern Hai Phong City, with maximum wind speeds of 166km per hour.

The storm will then move west and northwest to enter the Gulf of Tonkin at 15-20km per hour and gradually weaken on its way.

The storm eye will form off the coastal area of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh Provinces at around 4:00 pm on Tuesday, with winds down to 133km per hour at most.

The storm will make landfall in the northern area between Quang Ninh and Thai Binh Provinces later on the same day, before downgrading into a tropical depression and then a low-pressure area.

Due to the effects of the typhoon, the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea will have very rough seas with winds of 133km per hour and gusts of up to 183km per hour from Monday afternoon.

On the early morning of Tuesday, the northern coastal area from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh Province will have the strongest winds of 102km per hour and squalls amounting to 149km per hour.

Swells of up to 3-5 meters in the northern part of the Gulf of Tonkin and to 2-4 meters in the waters of the Quang Ninh-Nam Dinh region will be possible.

Flooding and landslides may occur in low-lying areas in the seashore as well as sea and river mouths, the center warned.

From Monday evening to Thursday, the northern region will see heavy to torrential rains, with precipitation of up to 400 millimeters, even 500 millimeters in some places.           

The north-central Thanh Hoa-Nghe An region will be covered by downpours with rainfalls of over 300 millimeters.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang, head of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, chaired a meeting on Monday morning with relevant agencies and local authorities to discuss and deploy urgent measures in response to the coming typhoon.

Accordingly, Quang Ninh, Thai Binh, and Nam Dinh Provinces are expected to ban vessels from operating at sea from 12:00 pm on Monday, and Hai Phong will follow suit from 9:00 pm the same day.

The coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Ninh Binh plan to evacuate nearly 30,000 people.

“More than 17,000 tourists remained on some islands off Quang Ninh and Hai Phong as of 6:00 pm on Sunday. They all were notified of the coming typhoon and began to be transported to the mainland. For those who want to continue staying on the islands, local authorities will take necessary measures to ensure their safety,” Pham Duc Luan, chief of the Office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, told the meeting.

As of 6:00 am on Monday, about 52,000 ships operating at sea, with 226,000 people on board, have been informed of the latest movements of the typhoon to take timely safety measures, the Border Guard Command reported.

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Vinh Tho - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre News

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