Typhoon Wutip to strike central Vietnam today

With maximum winds of 149 kph, typhoon Wutip is approaching central province and will likely sweep through the region between Ha Tinh and Quang Tri Province this afternoon or evening, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center warned.

>> Central Vietnam braces for storm Wutip

At 7 am today, September 30, the typhoon was centered at 17.2 degrees latitude north, 108.6 degrees longitude east, about 170 km east-southeast of the coastal region of Ha Tinh-Quang Tri provinces, packing winds of 118-149 kph and gusts of up to 201 kph.

The typhoon is moving between west and west-northwest at about 20 km and it will likely strike the Ha Tinh-Quang Tri region, with winds of 75-102 kph and gusts of 103-133 kph, this afternoon or evening.

At 7 pm today, the typhoon will reach the bolder area between Ha Tinh and Quang Tri provinces and Laos, with winds of 62-88 kph and gusts of 75-102 kph.

In the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move west at 20 kph and weaken into a tropical depression and then to a low pressure system. At 7 am Tuesday, the depression will be centered in northeast Thailand, with winds of less than 39 kph.

Due to the storm, the waters west of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands is experiencing rough seas and strong winds of up to 103-133 kph. In areas near the typhoon’s eye, the wind is stronger, 134-149 kph, with gusts of 166-201 kph.

The waters off the region from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai provinces and the southern Gulf of Tonkin are also rough and have winds of 75-102 kph, which increase up to 149 kph in areas near the typhoon’s center, with gusts of 167-201 kph.

The northern Gulf of Tonkin is rough, with winds of 39-61 kph and gusts of 62-88 kph.

The region from Thanh Hoa to Quang Nam Provinces has winds of 39-61 kph while the area between Nghe An and Thua Thien-Hue has winds of up to 88 kph, which increases to 103-133 kph in areas near the typhoon’s eye, with gusts of 150-183 kph.

Meanwhile northern and middle central provinces have experienced medium to heavy rains from this morning. In coastal areas from Nghe An Province to Da Nang City the sea level may rise to 3-4 meters.

Bracing for typhoon

Yesterday Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a message to local authorities in the region from Quang Ninh to Binh Dinh Province, urging them to take effective measures to cope with the upcoming powerful storm.

All boats at sea must be well informed of the typhoon’s movements so that they can take safety measures in time, the Prime Minister said.

Local government must delay planned meetings to have more time to cope with the typhoon, he said.

In Quang Tri Province, more than 10,000 people had been evacuated to safe places by yesterday night while the same number would also be taken out of dangerous areas, local authorities reported.

In Quang Binh, 3,750 fishing boats were taken to safe shelters yesterday evening and authorities have evacuated about 10,000 households from coastal and low-lying areas. The provincial People’s Committee has ordered all relevant agencies to arrange staff to work around the clock in dangerous areas to response to the storm in time.

The Zone 3 Naval Command in Da Nang City authorities have arranged five large boats, 22 motorboats, 22 trucks, tens of ambulances and 200 soldiers to be on standby for search and rescue activities.

In Thua Thien-Hue Provinces, authorities have made a plan to evacuate more than 2,000 people in vulnerable areas. The provincial Military Command has mobilized more than 4,000 officers and soldiers to take part in preparations to cope with the coming storm. The provincial People’s committee chairman, Nguyen Van Cao, has arrived in coastal areas and low-lying areas to check preparations.

Meanwhile the authorities in Quang Ngai Porcine have made all boats at sea known about the storm’s developments and asked more than 3,270 boats with more than 15,000 crewmembers on board to go ashore to avoid the storm.