Tropical Storm Goni changes direction again

After weakening into a tropical depression at the Chinese peninsula of Leizhou August 7, Tropical Storm Goni suddenly recovered its strength early August 8 and changed direction, with its movement hard to forecast, the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Center said.

The route of Tropical Storm Goni recorded at 22:30pm August 8 (Photo: SGGP)

On the evening of August 8, the storm, the sixth of its kind in the East Sea this year, was about 140 kilometers off the central coast from Nghe An to Quang Binh provinces.

It later moved southwest and then changed southeast, creating winds of between 62-74 kilometers per hour near its eye.

Since taking shape on August 1, the storm has changed direction at least seven times. As such, the center and many other counterparts have found it hard to release exact forecasts, said Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the center.

In the next 24 hours, the storm is forecast to continue changing direction, from south southeast to east northeast to return to the north off the Paracel Islands.

Although the storm may not come ashore, it is expected to cause high sea surges and heavy rains in central coastal provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue.

The National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre has issued an urgent dispatch to authorities of the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Kon Tum and Gia Lai to prompt preparations to cope with heavy downpours, floods and landslides that may occur.

100 Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese fishermen missing

Up to 100 crew members on more than a dozen boats from China, Cambodia and Vietnam were missing off the south of China's Hainan Island in rough seas caused by Tropical Storm Goni, Xinhua News reported on August 8.

Rescue boats and helicopters have been sent to the area, where more than 20 ships were in trouble.

China Central Television reported that at least one fishing boat had sunk in the storm.

All 10 crew members aboard a Vietnamese cargo ship that had been missed at Basuo Port in China's Dongfang City during the storm were rescued the same day, said the Hainan Province Maritime Rescue Center.

By staff writers - Translated by Truc Thinh

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