Storm Pakhar moving towards southern Vietnam
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Tropical storm Pakhar, this year’s first storm in the East Sea, is moving west-northwest towards southern Vietnam, the national hydro-meteorological forecasting center reported.
The expected route of tropical storm Pakhar Photo: nchmf.gov.vn
Yesterday evening, the storm was centered 360 km southeast of Ninh Thuan- Binh Thuan provinces, packing winds of 62-74 kph, with gusts of up to 102 kph.
The storm is moving at about 5 kph and is expected to lay 250 km off the two provinces at 7 pm today, when it may pack stronger winds, at 62-88 kph, along with gusts of 117 kph.
If its route and speed remain unchanged, Pakhar will be 130 km east-southeast of the provinces with the same wind forces on March 31, causing rough seas, heavy rains and whirlwinds off the area between Binh Dinh and Binh Thuan Provinces.
Medium to heavy rains will also be seen in coastal provinces from Binh Dinh to Binh Thuan.
Meanwhile, a cold front that is moving southward will affect northern provinces and then the north and central part of the central region before continuing south, the center said.
On April 1, due to impacts from the front, the storm may change its route and gradually weaken, said Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the center.
This storm is a rare case to Vietnam, since the country’s stormy season usually begins in May or June every year, Hai said.
Statistics recorded in the past 40 years show that there were only 7 storms that occurred in the East Sea in March, only one of which affected Vietnam, Hai said.
At yesterday’s meeting of the Central Steering Board for Flooding and Storm Prevention and Control, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked the board to follow the storm and publicize its developments to concerned agencies and the public in time so that precautions can be taken as soon as possible.
“Maximum vigilance must be maintained in coping with the abnormal storm,” Hai said.
As of yesterday evening, 46,753 boats with more than 227,200 people at sea had been informed of the storm, authorities of many provinces reported.