(VOV) - Tropical storm Vicente is heading for the northern coast very quickly and threatening coastal provinces, especially Quang Ninh and Haiphong.
Powerful storm heads towards northern coast
At 07.00am on July 23, the storm was about 390km northeast of the Hoang Sa archipelago, with winds gusting up to 102 km per hour near its eye.
Tracking the course of the storm, weather experts warned that Vicente is moving in complex directions.
|Deputy PM Hai chaired an urgent meeting in Hanoi on July 23 to be prepared for the storm (Photo:VGP) |
The storm was travelling west-northwest throughout the night on July 23, and is expected to churn along the southern coast of China on July 24 before slamming into the northern coast the same day.
After making landfall, Vicente will weaken into a low pressure system and move west to the Lao territory.
The storm will bring heavy rains and strong winds when it barters Quang Ninh and Haiphong and nearby localities.
At an urgent meeting in Hanoi on July 23, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked northern and central coastal provinces to keep a close watch on the development of the storm, and call in tourism and fishing vessels ashore.
He reminded Red Delta and mountain provinces to reinforce key projects, draw up anti-flooding plans in urban areas, and evacuate local residents out of flash flood prone areas if required.
The Deputy PM assigned two inspection teams to make fact-finding tours of northern coastal provinces and work on storm prevention plans with local administrations.