Tropical low pressure system forms off Vietnam coast

A low pressure zone intensified into a tropical low pressure system over the southern East Sea January 18, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Center said.

The chart shows the tropical low pressure system off the southern coast of Vietnam on January 19 (Photo: the national weather bureau)

At 1 am on January 19, the system lay centered over southern Truong Sa (Spratly Islands).

It packed winds of up to level 7, or 50-61 kilometers an hour, near the eye.

In the next 24 hours the system would intensify and move northwest at a speed of 10 kilometers, the center forecast.

The system will bring medium to heavy rains to the central coastal region.

The southern, south-central, and Central Highlands regions have experienced unseasonable rains in the last few days and this is expected to last another day or two.

By Phuc Hau – Translated by Hai Mien

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