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Many local airports affected by Storm Talim

By N. Tan

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HCMC – Storm Talim has impacted several local airports in Vietnam, leading to changes in flight schedules at various airports.

At Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam Airlines has changed its flight schedules since the occurrence of thunderstorms on the afternoon of July 16. These changes have resulted in delays for both arrivals and departures. Other flights have also experienced disruptions as a result of these schedule adjustments.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) promptly issued an official dispatch to relevant authorities in the aviation sector, urging them to take prompt measures in preparation for and response to the country’s first storm.

Van Don and Cat Bi airports are expected to face strong winds, gusts, and heavy thunderstorms due to their proximity to the storm’s path. Noi Bai and Tho Xuan airports may also be affected by heavy rains and strong winds.

To ensure the safety of flights, passengers, and airport assets, relevant agencies and organizations have been instructed to remain on duty around the clock and strictly follow procedures for dealing with storms and tropical depressions in the aviation sector.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, as of 7 a.m. on July 17, the eye of Storm Talim was located 290 kilometers east-southeast of China’s Leizhou Peninsula, with maximum wind speeds reaching 130 kilometers per hour at level 12. The storm is heading towards the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

The storm is projected to move west-northwest at a speed of 10-15 kilometers per hour. By 7 a.m. on July 18, it is expected to enter the Gulf of Tonkin and be approximately 140 kilometers away from Mong Cai, Quang Ninh Province, and 250 kilometers from Hai Phong City. The storm will bring maximum winds at level 11 and gusts at level 14.

Storm Talim is anticipated to maintain its direction and intensity upon entering the waters of Quang Ninh and Haiphong. It will bring maximum winds at level 9-10 and gusts at level 12 before weakening into a tropical depression in the northeast region after making landfall.

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