Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ to make landfall in Vietnam’s northern provinces

Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ is predicted to make landfall in northern provinces with strongest winds of level 12-13 on Tuesday, and later can cause terrible floods in northern mountain provinces, reported the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention at an emergency meeting yesterday.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai chaired the meeting.

Photo of direction of Storm 'Kalmaegi' on September 16 (Photo:the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention)

At 7pm yesterday, the typhoon was located 350 kilometers of northeastwards of Paracel Island, at 18,9 degrees north latitude and 114,6 degrees east longitude with its sustained wind speeds are from level 12-16.

By 24 next hours, the storm is forecast to move west northwestwards at 25- 30 kilometers per hour.

According to the latest news from the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention,  Kalmaegi is centered at 21,0 degrees north latitude and 108 degrees east longitude in the territorial waters from Quang Ninh province to Hai Phong city with the strongest wind speeds of level 12-13, and gusts up to level 15-16 at 7pm on Tuesday.
 
In the early morning, the territorial water of Gulf of Tonkin saw strong wind speed of level 8. In particular, northern region of Gulf of Tonkin includes Bach Long Vy, Co To, Van Don and Cat Hai island district are shouldered by strong wind of level 12-16 and high waves of 5-6 meters.
 
Northern provinces from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh, and from Bac Giang to Hai Duong will face wind speed of level 8-9.

The northern provinces will be affected by strong winds and heavy rains due to the influence of the typhoon in the evening on Tuesday.

In the next 24-36 next hours, the typhoon will continue to move towards west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour before marking landfall in the northern provinces with the strong wind speeds of level 10-11. According to forecast weather, after the storm makes landfall, it will become weaken tropical low pressure zone.

By 7am on Wednesday, the pressure zone will be centered at 21, 7 degrees north latitude and 104, 1 degrees east longitude in the northern mountain region, with its sustained wind speeds are under level 6.

Because Kalmaegi is a strong storm with the complicated direction and fast moving, residents should keep close watch to deal with the storm.
 
At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Head of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention expressed his worry while the storm is nearing to make landfall with the strongest wind speeds, a number of fish vessels, ships still are located offshore.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai also required local authorities, relevant ministries, departments immediately call fish boats, ship move safe places to avoid the storm.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Huyen Huong

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