At 04am Kompasu was about 300km off Vietnam’s central coast, packing winds of nearly 100kph near its eye. In the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move west at a speed of 20-25kph and weaken into a tropical low depression before making landfall.
Kompasu will then cause rough seas and dump heavy rain on coastal provinces stretching from Quang Ninh to Quang Tri, with rainfall likely to climb as high as 200-300mm in various areas.
Weather experts warned of a high risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous localities and flooding in low-lying areas.
Thousands of emergency personnel have been deployed to assist with evacuations and any possible rescue operations.