Tran Quang Nang, head of Weather Forecasting Department, said strong winds and rough seas had been recorded in Ly Son island in the southcentral province of Quang Ngai, approximately 200km away from the storm’s eye.
Due to the impact of the storm, there has been a barrage of torrential rain in localities from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh, with rainfall being measured at between 50mm and 130mm.
Over the course of the coming 24 hours, the storm is anticipated to head towards the country’s central provinces before further expanding to the north, bringing with it heavy rains to northern localities.
The storm is also forecast to impact the mainland in the coastal provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai this evening.
Nang added that the storm will continue to cause heavy downpours from now until September 24, particularly in provinces from Ha Tinh to Binh Dinh, as well as in the central highland provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai, with rainfall being measured at between 150mm and 300mm.
He also warned about the high risk of flash floods and landslides hitting mountainous areas, as well as severe flooding impacting low-lying areas and river mouths.
Localities have also been asked to devise evacuation plans in order to ensure safety for people living in vulnerable areas.