According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, at 1pm on July 18, the centre of the typhoon is positioned in the Tonkin Gulf about 240km east of the provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh. Strongest winds near the storm’s eye are estimated at 60-90km per hour.
Over the next 12 hours, the storm is expected to move west rapidly at a speed of 25-30km per hour and will directly affect coastal areas of localities from Thai Binh to Quang Binh on the evening of July 18 before weakening into a tropical low pressure system. By 1am on July 19, the centre of the system will be located over the mainland of the north-central region with strongest winds reaching 50-60km per hour.
Over the next 24 hours, the tropical low pressure is forecast to move west at a speed of 20-25 km per hour before weakening into a low pressure zone.
The typhoon has brought strong winds and rough seas to the Tonkin Gulf while high tides and rough seas will affect coastal areas of the northern and north-central delta region.
On the evening of July 18, strong winds will gradually strengthen in the provinces of Thai BInh, Nam Dinh, NinhBinh, and the winds will become particularly strong in the localities of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and QuangBinh.
Heavy downpours will hit the northern delta and midland region from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh and will last until July 20.
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warns that from July 18 to July 20, there will be flooding in the upper parts of the Red River and Thai Binh River, Hoang Long River and rivers from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh.