The centre of the tropical storm was positioned at 14.7 degrees north and 127 degrees east, approximately 550 km east-southeast of the Philippines’ Luzon Island at 7am on August 27. The strongest winds close to the eye of the system had reached level eight, with speeds of between at 60 and 75 kilometres per hour.
Over the course of the next 24 hours, the tropical low pressure is set to move west north-west at a speed of 30 km per hour.
By 7am on August 28, the centre of the system will be positioned at 16.2 degrees north and 119.3 degrees east, roughly 770 km east-southeast of Hoang Sa archipelago, also known as the Paracel islands.
Storm Podul will gain strength by 7am on August 30. It will likely be positioned at 17.5 degrees north and 111 degrees east, some 160 km east of China’s Hainan island. The strongest winds close to the eye of the system will by then have reached level nine with speeds of 75 to 90 kilometres per hour.
Tropical storm Podul is forecast to begin to make landfall in Vietnam from August 27. Showers or thunderstorms could yet develop throughout the northern region, including Hanoi, and could last until August 31.
Local authorities have been urged to keep a close eye on further developments of the tropical storm and make preparations in order to preserve necessary facilities in case of a worst case scenario.