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Storm No.5, super typhoon Mangkhut barrel into East Sea
The Saigon Times Daily
Wednesday,  Sep 12, 2018,12:35 (GMT+7)

Storm No.5, super typhoon Mangkhut barrel into East Sea

The Saigon Times Daily

Storm No.5, which is also known as Barijat, is entering the East Sea - PHOTO: NATIONAL CENTER FOR HYDRO-METEOROLOGICAL FORECASTING

HCMC - A tropical storm is entering the East Sea and may pack winds gusting up to level 12. Storm No.5, also known as Barijat, is strengthening, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

As of 7 a.m. today, the eye of the storm was spotted some 500 kilometers east of Hainan Island in China, with maximum wind speeds reaching 60-75 kilometers per hour, gusting at level 10.

Barijat is forecast to move westward within the next 24 hours, with average speeds of 15 to 20 kilometers per hour, and will likely continue to strengthen. The eye of the storm will be located near the Leizhou Peninsula of China by Thursday morning, packing strong winds, reaching 60-90 kilometers per hour near its eye, at level 11.

Barijat is expected to bring downpours and thunderstorms with gale-force winds to the northern East Sea, along with rough seas.

Over the next two days, Barijat is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour and will weaken into a tropical depression, making landfall in the region stretching from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh. Later, the tropical depression will move west and lose its power, turning into a tropical depression zone in Upper Laos.

Simultaneously, super typhoon Mangkhut has accelerated and is expected to strike the northern East Sea within the next four days, with maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour near the storm’s eye.

With the approaching powerful storms, the National Steering Committee of Disaster Prevention and Control on September 11 urged ministries, the relevant agencies and coastal localities from Quang Ninh to Quang Nam to make the necessary preparations to cope with Storm No.5 and super typhoon Mangkhut.

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