Jul 30, 2019 / 19:22

Tropical depression forecast to intensify into storm and hit North Vietnam

The possible storm will be the third to hit Vietnam this year, after Mun storm rolled up the country in early July.

A tropical depression developing in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea, may grow into a storm and move toward northern provinces of Vietnam on August 1, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

On July 30 morning, the low pressure in the South China Sea intensified into a tropical depression. The tropical depression center is 400 km to the east of Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago with the strongest wind of scale 6-7 (39-49 km/h to 50-61km/h according to Vietnam's scale).
 
The forecast roadmap of the tropical depression. Source: NCHMF
The forecast roadmap of the tropical depression. Source: NCHMF
In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move west-northwest with a speed of 15-20 km/h. 

On the morning of July 31, the tropical depression center is 200km from Hai Nam island to the east with the wind of level 7.

According to the NCHMF, the tropical depression combined with the southwest monsoon will cause strong thunderstorms in the north of Vietnam and the East Sea. 

In the next two days, the tropical depression will keep the direction but go slower with the speed of 10-15 km/h, and will likely become a storm. At present, the location of the storm center is forecast to be located in the North Sea of the ​​Tonkin Gulf, about 200km from Mong Cai (Quang Ninh province) and about 330km from Nam Dinh province. 

Due to the influence of the northwest-southeast depression coupled with tropical depression in the north of the East Sea, northern provinces of Vietnam will have showers and thunderstorms in the evening of July 30. The mountainous provinces are at risk of heavy rains and cyclones, lightning and hail.

The possible storm will be the third to hit Vietnam this year, after Mun storm rolled up the country in early July.