HCMC – As Storm Etau, which was spotted in the waters off the central provinces from Binh Dinh to Ninh Thuan at 10.00 a.m. this morning, November 10, is approaching central Vietnam, with gusty winds at level 10, many parts of the region are experiencing heavy rains and strong winds.
Tran Huu The, vice chairman of Phu Yen Province, said that Dong Hoa District experienced the strongest winds at level 11 this morning. Many parts of the province also faced power cuts.
Besides other districts experiencing torrential rains from yesterday until this morning, Tay Hoa District saw a heavy downpour with rainfall measuring up to 283 millimeters.
Heavy rains posed a high risk of landslides and floods, The noted, adding that the province had evacuated residents from areas prone to flash floods and landslides.
A section of the National Highway 29 was submerged by rainwater at 8.45 a.m., Dinh Ngoc Dan, chairman of Song Hinh District, told Tuoi Tre Online.
Strong winds triggered by the storm hit Nha Trang City early in the morning, uprooting and destroying multiple trees.
Power was cut off at as many as 758 power transformer stations in Binh Dinh Province due to the impact of the storm.
While An Lao, Hoai An, Vinh Thanh, Tay Son and Van Canh districts were struck by strong winds at level 7, Hoai Nhon, Phu Cat and An Nhon districts and Quy Nhon City experienced gusty winds at level 10.
Many parts of the province are forecast to see heavy rains with rainfall reaching up to 400 millimeters from today until November 12.
After making landfall in the mainland from Binh Dinh to Ninh Thuan provinces this afternoon, the storm will likely weaken into a tropical depression.
Another storm, known as Vamco, is forecast to gain more power, with the strongest wind at level 13, gusting at level 15, and head toward the East Sea in the next 24-36 hours. Vamco is expected to threaten the central region.