New Typhoon Headed for Central Viet Nam

The path of storm Utor

The National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center has warned a new typhoon named Utor has just been formed east of the Philippines, and may move to the East sea between Dec 10-12.

Utor was formed early on Dec 8 from a tropical low off the Philippines. The news at 14:30 placed the center of the typhoon at latitude 10.5 degrees north and longitude 130.2 degrees east (about 550 km east-southeast of the Philippines). Wind speed at the typhoon's center reached 75-88km/h(category 9).

It is forecast that in the next 24 hours, typhoon Utor will move west-northwest at a rate of 25-30 km/h. By 13:00 tomorrow, the typhoon's center is expected to be at latitude 11.2 degrees north and longitude 125.0 degrees east. It is then expected to be moving west at a speed of 20-25km/h fpr the following 24-48 hours. As of 13:00 of Dec 10, the center is predicted to be at latitude 11.6 degrees north and longitude 120.5 degrees east.

The National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center also anticipates that the typhoon will be somewhat weaker entering the east sea, but regain its strength producing winds of categories 13-15. Its projected path of travel is west and then northwest through central Viet Nam.

Vu Anh Tuan, Head of the Short-Term Prediction Department at the Predicting Center, said Utor will enter the east sea sometime during the night of Dec 10 or early on the 11th. It cannot be said at this time whether it is as strong as typhoon Durian nor is it possible to say whether Utor is the final typhoon of the year.

Source: VietNamNet - Translated by Le Thao

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