After slamming southern Philippines and claiming more than 300 lives, Typhoon Bopha has now entered the East Sea but is likely to change course.
This is the ninth typhoon to hit the East Sea this year, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.
|Current location and path of Bopha|
With wind gales of upto 118-133 kms an hour, ‘Bopha’ will create rough seas from the coast of Da Nang City to Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta from December 6.
The storm is difficult to track and several stations forecast that after heading straight for the middle of the East Sea, it could turn back towards the south.
In its latest bulletin, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that at 7am on December 6, Bopha was positioned 270km off Song Tu Tay Island of the Truong Sa archipelago, packing winds of 118-133km an hour. The current location of the storm is about 12.0 degrees north latitude and 116.8 east longitude.
Within the next 24 hours, the storm is likely to change course towards the north and north-west and further strengthen, with wind speeds from 118-149km an hour at the eye of the storm.
The Center forecasts that with a cold spell intensifying in the north, the storm is unlikely to batter the north and north-central coast, but will hit the south-central region.
The storm is expected to move Northeast at speeds of 5-10km an hour within the next 24 hours to strongly affect the central region within a day or so.
Calls have been made to authorities in coastal localities from Da Nang City to take all precautions against the storm.
By December 6, more than 250,000 people and nearly 50,000 fishing vessels had been informed of the dangers, according to the National Steering Committee for Search and Rescue.
Coastal provinces were urging fishing vessels out at sea to keep a close watch and be well prepared for the storm’s fury.