Typhoon Saudel forecast to weaken as it approaches Vietnamese coast

Friday, 2020-10-23 11:04:57
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The projected path of Saudel (Photo: NCHMF)
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NDO - Typhoon Saudel is expected to lose strength and become a low pressure system as it moves towards Central Vietnam but remains a threat to coastal aquaculture and fishing activities.

As of 11am on October 23, the typhoon was located 300 kilometres east-northeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, with sustained winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, according to the national weather agency.

Over the next few days, Saudel’s intensity is forecast to decrease and will weaken to a tropical depression and then a low pressure area with wind speeds of less than 40 kilometres per hour.

Meteorologists have said that Saudel, the eighth storm in the East Sea (South China Sea) in 2020, will not bring as much rain as the previous two storms but will cause strong winds along with tornadoes and thunderstorms in coastal regions.

They warned that the remnants of Saudel combined with strong activity of the cold air mass from the northeast will be very dangerous to vessels and fish farms near the coast.

The national weather service also reported a disturbed zone to the far east of the Philippines that has the potential to develop into a tropical depression and move into the East Sea.