Durian on the Strike, crossing Ho Chi Minh City Today

The southern city of Ho Chi Minh is forecasted to be in the typhoon's path on December 5.

The typhoon Durian is slashing Viet Nam’s coastal provinces from Binh Thuan to Tra Vinh and would sweep through the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City before weakening to a tropical depression in Thailand Bay.

According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center, the eye of typhoon Durian at 19:00pm yesterday was monitored at the latitude of 11.0 degrees north and the longitude of 109.5 degrees east, just 90km off the central coast from Ninh Thuan to Binh Thuan provinces. The typhoon regained its strength to categories of 9-10, with 75-120km/h winds.

During the next 24 hours, the typhoon is predicted to move westwards and south-westwards at about 15km per hour, directly hit the coastal provinces from Phu Yen to Soc Trang.

Early this morning, the center of typhoon is entering Binh Thuan and Tra Vinh coastal provinces. In the next 24-48 hours, the typhoon Durian is forecasted to head to the southwestern Viet Nam and would weaken to a tropical depression in Thailand Bay.

The forecasting center warned provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Binh Thuan, south Central Highlands region, southern provinces and coastal provinces from Ca Mau to Kien Giang of torrential rains, whirlwinds and high tidal surges, particularly big flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas. Central coastal provinces from Phu Yen to Soc Trang were also warned to stay vigilant due to rising sea waves of 5 to 8 meters.

Ho Chi Minh City in the typhoon’s path

The National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center reported that typhoon Durian's epicenter would sweep across the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City today when it gradually weakens as nearing the Viet Nam-Cambodia border.

Thus, Ho Chi Minh City and its nearby provinces would be directly affected by the typhoon, which is predicted to generate gust winds and whirlwinds of categories of 6-8.

This would be the second time the heart of Viet Nam’s southern part hit by strong typhoon in the past nearly ten years since the typhoon Linda hit Viet Nam in November, 1997.

By staff writers – Compiled by Trong Khuong

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