Forceful typhoon Tembin continues to gain strength

Sunday, 2017-12-24 14:17:22
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An impression shows how typhoon Tembin causes downpours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau and other localities in the southern coast.
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NDO – Typhoon Tembin, the 16th storm to hit Vietnam this year, continues to pick up strength and is forecast to reach level 13 (of 18) when approaching the Vietnam’s Truong Sa Lon Island with the risk of natural disasters projected at level four out of five.

Hoang Duc Cuong, Director of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) said at the press brief on the morning of December 24 that typhoon Tembin entered the East Sea at 10pm on December 23. The typhoon’s strongest wind speeds are ranging between 115-135kmp up to level 15 and the typhoon is continuing to gain strength.

Cuong noted that the typhoon is being forecast to move west and it is deviating to south compared to the earlier forecast on December 23 and it is projected to affect province from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ca Mau.

The forecast showed that the typhoon will make landfall on the night of December 25 and from December 26, coastal areas of Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, and others will have strong winds over level 6.

This is a strong year-end typhoon with a wide range of influence and it may be comparable to strong typhoons Linda in 1997 and Durian in 2006 with the risk of natural disasters projected at level four, Cuong emphasised.

Local provinces from Khanh Hoa to Kien Giang announced a sea closure since the afternoon of December 23. Meanwhile, nine southern provinces have planned to evacuate more than 270,000 to 500,000 local people depending on the strength of the typhoon.