Tropical storm Nock-Ten is expected to hit China’s Hainan Island tonight before entering the Tonkin Gulf and bringing heavy rains to northern and north-central Vietnam, the Central Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Center said.
The expected route of tropical storm Nock-Ten Photo: NCHMF
This morning it lay around 170 km east of the island.
It is moving west-northwest at 15-20 kph, and by 7 pm tonight will make landfall over the island with winds of 89-117 kph and gusts of up to132 kph.
It will enter the Tonkin Gulf tomorrow with the same powerful winds, affecting the seas between Nghe An and Nam Dinh Provinces.
By 7 pm tomorrow, Nock-Ten will lie 110 kilometers east off the coast between Hai Phong and Nghe An Province. It will cause heavy rains in the entire region, with some places getting 300-400 mm, and rough seas in the northern part of the East Sea.
The middle and southern areas of the East Sea, between Binh Thuan and Ca Mau Provinces, will have winds of 45-75 kph along with thunderstorms.
At a meeting of the Central Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control yesterday, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat urged authorities in northern and north-central provinces to keep boats at sea fully informed of the storm’s movements.
By yesterday evening 36,052 boats with more than 177,500 people on board had been informed, the Border Guard High Command reported.