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Powerful storm heading toward central Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A powerful storm with winds reaching level 10 and gusting at level 12, the fifth to threaten Vietnam this year, is moving toward the central part of the nation, leading to the mainland of provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai seeing rainfalls of 200-300 millimeters.

At 4 a.m. today, September 11, the eye of Storm Conson was spotted at 15.7 degrees North latitude and 110.6 degrees East longitude, some 230 kilometers east of Quang Tri to Quang Nam provinces, according to the national weather center.

In the next 24 hours, the storm is predicted to move westward slowly at five kilometers per hour. At 4 a.m. on September 12, the storm eye will be moving around at 15.8 degrees North latitude and 109.2 degrees East longitude in the coastal area of provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Nam, packing the strongest winds at level 9, gusting at level 11.

In the next 48 hours, the storm might move westward at 5-10 kilometers per hour and weaken into a tropical low, with strong winds measured at level 6 and gusting at level 8, before approaching the mainland.

In the next 72 hours, the tropical depression is forecast to move west-northwest at 10 kilometers per hour and weaken into a low-pressure zone in Laos.

From now until September 13, provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai will be experiencing extremely heavy rains due to the impact of the storm.

Between September 12 and 14, heavy downpours, with average rainfall estimated at 100-200 millimeters, are forecast to batter provinces from Quang Binh to Thanh Hoa.

Binh Dinh, Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces are facing rains with rainfalls ranging from 50 millimeters to 80 millimeters.

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