Coastal localities urged to brace for impact of storm Atsani

VOV.VN - The Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control has called on coastal provinces from Quang Ninh and Phu Yen to brace for the arrival of storm Atsani, which is poised to enter the East Sea in the coming hours, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

Relevant localities have been ordered to remain updated on the movement of the storm through various media outlets, whilst offering timely instructions to vessels in the area, and preparing search operations, rescue forces, and equipment if necessary.

They must also provide regular reports on the changing situation to the central steering committee.

Forecasters stated that at 10 a.m. on November 7 the storm was located in the waters southwest of Taiwan (China), with the strongest winds close to its centre reaching between 60 km and 100 km per hour.

Over the course of the coming 12 hours, the weather pattern is forecast to move southwest before changing course at speeds of 10 km per hour, at which point it will then weaken into a tropical depression.

Over the next 12 hours to 24 hours, the tropical depression will then continue to move southwest at a speed of approximately 25 km per hour before weakening into a low-pressure area.

Moving forward, the tropical depression's centre on November 8 is likely to be situated approximately 400 km northeast of the Hoang Sa archipelago, also known as the Paracel islands, with the strongest winds near its centre reaching between 40 km and 60 km per hour.

In terms of affected localities, the central and central highlands region is forecast to endure heavy downpours, especially in provinces such as Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Phu Yen, and Dak Lak. Indeed, total rainfall is anticipated to reach between 100 mm and over 250 mm.

Fishermen in areas that could potentially be affected have been urged to avoid the path of the storm and tropical depression, while residents in localities from Ha Tinh to Phu Yen and in the Central Highlands region have been urged to prepare for the possibility of severe flooding, landslides, and an evacuation. This would see citizens move from low-lying areas to safety as a means of minimising the impact of the weather event.

As a result of the tropical low-pressure zone that has weakened following typhoon Goni, provinces from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh are set to endure heavy rainfall measuring between 150 mm and 300 mm.