Weather forecasters have warned there is a strong possibilitythat typhoon Utor will affect Vietnam after pounding China’s LeizhouPeninsula and Guangdong province.
At 07.00am on August 14, Utor was 140km southeast of Guangdong province, packing winds of up to 166kph.
In the next 24 hours, the typhoon will move north and north-west andis likely to change it direction to travel north-west at a speed of15kph.
|Utor is forecast to churn along the northern border provinces of Vietnam|
It is forecast to make landfall in the south-western part of China’sGuangdong province in the afternoon of August 14 and weaken into atropical low depression.
At an urgent meeting on August 14, weather experts warned afterhammering China, Utor will churn along the northern border provinces ofVietnam and bring torrential rains of up to 300mm to Haiphong, QuangNinh, Lang Son and Cao Bang provinces as of August 15.
The typhoon will even cause high tidal surges in the coasts of Haiphong and Quang Ninh provinces as of August 13, they said.
Heavy rains will be lashing northern and northern mountainousprovinces for several days until August 18, according to Le Thanh Hai,director of the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre.
Hai also said that Utor is expected not to cause severe flooding inHanoi and coastal provinces as it will not be backed by the southeasternwind.
Northern mountainous provinces were warned of flash floods and landslides.
Haiphong and Quang Ninh banned all fishing and tourist vessels fromsetting sail as of August 14. Other northern coastal provinces of ThaiBinh and Nam Dinh also recalled vessels still out at sea to nearby stormshelters.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked northernprovinces to reinforce reservoirs which were saturated with water due toheavy downpours caused by recent Mangkhut storm.
Utor is the seven tropical storm of its kind and is also the most powerful storm to hit the East Sea this year.