A tropical low pressure system over the East Sea has gained strength to become tropical storm Talim, the second such storm in the area this year.
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The storm was not expected to hit Viet Nam, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said.
At 7am the storm's eye was about 160km from China's Hainan Island, with wind speeds of 62-88kph. It was forecast to keep moving east-northeast at 5-10kph and to continue strengthening.
The storm is being affected by typhoon Guchol, which is near the Phillipines and moving towards Japan.
Tomorrow morning, storm Talim was forecast to be 340km from Hainan Island, affecting weather in the north and middle areas of the East Sea, including Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.
Other sea areas, from southern Binh Thuan province to Ca Mau province and southern areas of the East Sea, including Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, would have less-strong winds and rough seas.
Earlier this year, tropical storm Pakhar hit the East Sea area on April 1, affecting HCM City and south-eastern provinces. – VNS