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Tropical depression forecast to strengthen into storm

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A tropical depression in the East Sea might strengthen into a storm heading toward the south-central region tomorrow, October 26, according to the national weather center.

At 7.00 a.m. this morning, October 25, the tropical depression was spotted about 110 kilometers south-southeast of Song Tu Tay Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa Archipelago.

In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression, with strong winds measured at level 6 and gusting at level 8, will move west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour and intensify into a storm.

At 7.00 a.m. on October 26, the eye of the storm might be about 230 kilometers east of Binh Dinh to Binh Thuan provinces, packing the strongest winds at level 8 and gusting at level 10.

Before approaching the mainland, the storm is likely to maintain the same direction at a speed of 20 kilometers and weaken into a tropical depression, the local media reported.

Speaking at a meeting today, Hoang Phuc Lam, deputy director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, said that many provinces in the south-central region would experience heavy downpours from October 26 and 27, with rainfalls forecast at up to 200 millimeters.

Due to the tropical depression, Quang Ngai Province has been struck by flooding and heavy rains over the past few days.

According to the national steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control, flash floods killed four people and 3,000 animals and damaged over 600,000 hectares of rice fields and 150 hectares under fish farming in the province.

Besides, over 11,000 houses in Binh Son District in the province remain submerged.

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