Typhoon Sarika heading toward Quang Ninh, Hai Phong

The Bach Long Vi island saw powerful wind of level 8- 9 this morning because of the impact of the seventh storm, reported the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center.

At 10am today, the typhoon centered at 18. 9 degrees north latitude and 110. 3 degrees east longitude in the southeastern seashore of the Hainan Island (China) and was 420 kilometers away from the southeastward of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong.  The maximum wind near the center sustained at 150- 165 kilometers an hour.

In next 24- 36 hours, the seventh storm this year can keep moving northwestward at 10- 15 kilometers per hour. By 10am tomorrow, its eye will be at 20. 8 degrees north latitude and 107. 9 degrees east longitude in the territorial waters of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong with 90- 120 kilometers an hour.

The National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center warned that the 7th storm is heading toward Quang Ninh and Hai Phong by 420 kilometers.

The center forecast the typhoon then will hit the border area between Vietnam and China at 21. 9 degrees north latitude and 107. 1 degrees east longitude. The damaged zone will parallel 160 degrees line of north latitude and 1, 130 degrees east longitude.

Due to the storm circulation, the Gulf of Tonkin including Bach Long Vi, Co To, Van Don and Cat Hai island district will face wind speed up to level 8- 13, big wave of 3- 5 meters and sea rough.

Meanwhile, the strongest wind force level will be at 9-12 in the mainland of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Lang Son and Bac Giang province.

Within next 36- 48 hours, the powerful- fast speed typhoon is going to move west- northwestward at 10 kilometers an hour; after that it will be weakened into the low depression zone in the mainland of Guangxi province of China.

The weather center also warned that medium- heavy rains continue occurring in the northeastern region with the highest rainfall of 200- 300 mm.

By Huong Giang- Translated by Huyen Huong

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