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Vietnam braces for impact as Typhoon Doksuri nears East Sea

By T. Dao

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HCMC – The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has issued a disaster warning due to the potential impacts of strong winds and high waves caused by Typhoon Doksuri approaching the East Sea.

The typhoon is expected to intensify in the next 24 to 48 hours, with the possibility of reaching super typhoon status, thus posing risks to maritime activities.

The projected path of the storm indicates a predominantly northwestward direction, moving at a speed of around 10-15 km per hour.

As a result, the eastern waters of the East Sea may experience strong winds, reaching levels of 7-8 by the afternoon of July 26, with wave heights estimated at 5-7 meters.

Regions closer to the storm’s center may face even stronger winds at levels 10-11, with gusts of up to level 14.

For the coastal regions from Ninh Thuan Province to Binh Thuan Province, as well as the central and southern parts of the East Sea, waves are predicted to reach heights of 2-4 meters.

Areas from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau Province, and from Ca Mau to Kien Giang Province, along with the Gulf of Thailand, are likely to experience heavy rain and thunderstorms, with the potential for waterspouts and strong gusts.

Mariners and those involved in maritime activities in these regions are urged to exercise extreme caution due to the risk of adverse effects from the powerful winds and high waves, marked as level 2.

While Typhoon Doksuri gains strength at sea, inland regions will experience heavy rainfall, anticipated to range from 40-100 mm, with certain areas facing up to 150 mm of rainfall.

Specifically, the Central Highland, southern provinces, and localities stretching from Thua-Thien Hue to Binh Thuan are at risk of prolonged thunderstorms and heavy downpours for the next one or two days.

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