Storm Nakri forecast to make U-turn and head to central Vietnam
Tropical storm Nakri, the sixth storm to affect Vietnam in 2019, is moving slowly eastwards and is expected to change course and head to Vietnam’s central region in the next 24 hours.
As of 7am on November 7, the storm was about 380 kilometres to the northeast of Song Tu Tay Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, with sustained winds of 75-100 kilometres per hour and gusts of 118-133 kilometres per hour.
Over the next 24 hours, Nakri is forecast to remain quasi-stationary and then likely to turn and move slowly west while gaining further strength, according to Vietnam’s national weather agency NCHMF.
On November 8 at 7am, the system will be about 320 kilometres to the northeast of Song Tu Tay Island where the maximum sustained winds could reach 115 kilometres per hour and gusts could surpass 150 kilometres per hour.
After two days, the tropical storm will be just 180 kilometres away from the coast of the provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa, according to NCHMF projections.
After making landfall on Vietnam’s central coast, Nakri is expected to weaken and dissipate. Nhan Dan/VOV
Storm Nakri, the sixth typhoon from the East Sea this year, with strong level 8 winds, is moving on the East Sea with a slow speed but complicated direction.
The reported low-pressure area in the East Sea is strengthening its power and likely to develop into a new storm in the next 24 hours, as forecast by the national weather service.
The southern central province of Phu Yen is seeking government financial support of VND82 billion ($1.55 million) to help the locality deal with the consequences of the recent Storm Matmo.