|The eighth storm to set its sights on Viet Nam this year should begin weakening in the next 24 hours.|
Typhoon Chebi is bearing down on Viet Nam’s central coast and strengthening as it gets nearer.
On Monday evening, Chebi was 470 km east-southeast of Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue provinces and generating winds of 75 to 88 kph.
At that stage the Central Hydro-Meteorological Center predicted the storm would steer west-northwest at 10-15 kph and bring winds gusting up to 150 kph.
By 2 pm on Tuesday, the eye of the typhoon had reached 17 degrees north and 110.8 degrees east, just 380 km east-southeast of Da Nang.
On Monday Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung ordered an around-the-clock watch on Typhoon Chebi and told local authorities to protect fishermen out in the Eastern Sea.
Above all, the storm shelters for fishing boats must be at the ready and regular announcements must be made to inform fishermen of the most dangerous areas near the typhoon.
If the meteorologists have got it right in their latest prediction, the eighth storm to set its sights on Viet Nam this year should begin weakening in the next 24 hours.