Tropical depression set to intensify into storm in East Sea

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, a tropical low pressure system near Luzon Island of the Philippines is preparing to enter the East Sea today, July 21, and might intensify into a storm.

Chart shows direction of the tropical low pressure zone on July 21 (Photo: nchmf)

At 7am this morning, the system was centered 19.2 degrees north latitude and 120.5 degrees east longitude, northwest of Luzon Island.

Wind gales near the eye of the system reached level 7 to move at 50-61 kilometers an hour.

In the next 24 hours, it is forecast to move west northwestwards at 15 kilometers an hour to enter the northeastern parts of the East Sea and might strengthen into a storm.

The storm is forecast to remain centered 20.2 degrees north latitude and 117.0 degrees east longitude, which is 660 kilometers northeast of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, by 7am on July 22.

Strongest winds near the eye of the storm will reach level 8 to blow at 62-74 kilometers an hour.

The tropical depression has affected the northeastern parts of the East Sea making it choppier accompanied with strong winds and thunderstorms.

Southwesterly winds are also stirring the northern and mid parts of the East Sea including along Truong Sa (Spartly) Islands.

By Phuc Hau – Translated by Hai Mien

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