Big waves hit Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam during the third tropical storm of the season in 2014. Photo by Nguyen Trung Kien/VnExpress Photo Contest
If it grows strong enough, it will be the second storm of the season.
A tropical low pressure system is likely to hit central and northern Vietnam this weekend, bringing heavy rains and strong winds.
On Saturday morning, the system was near Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands with the fastest wind speed of 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said in a statement.
It’s moving at the speed of 10-15 kilometers per hour and is expected to be south of Hainan Island tomorrow, before moving towards the Gulf of Tonkin, where it might grow into a storm.
By Sunday night, the system is forecast to be 190 kilometers from the Hai Phong – Nghe An coast with wind speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour.
The entire northern and central regions are expected to experiene heavy rains in the coming days, with possible flashfloods and landslides in the mountains.
Weather forecasters in Vietnam predicted a particularly stormy typhoon season this year, with 13-15 typhoons and tropical depressions expected to develop over the East Sea. the Vietnamese reference for the South China Sea. Three to four are likely to make landfall in central Vietnam.
Last year, 10 typhoons and tropical depressions developed over the East Sea, among which four of the typhoons and two tropical depressions hit Vietnam’s mainland.