Vietnamese and international weather agencies say Storm Saudel is heading toward central Vietnam and flood-hit provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Tri.
At 7 a.m. Friday, 23 Oct, it lay centered around 320 kilometers east of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands in the East Sea, known internationally as the South China Sea, with winds of up to 150 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
In the next 24 hours it is forecast to move west at a speed of 15 kph and lie north of the Paracel Islands at around 7 a.m. Saturday and around 240 kilometers from the coast of Ha Tinh-Quang Tri provinces by 4 a.m. Sunday. By then its winds will fall to a maximum of 90 kph.
It is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by the time it approaches the coast of Ha Tinh - Quang Tri on Sunday night, and weaken further into a low pressure area.
Saudel is the eighth storm in the East Sea this year, and follows Linfa and Nangka earlier this month.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. Last year they killed 132 people and injured 207 others.
Ports in the central Vietnam will be closed during this weekend and vessels moving around the area influenced by the storm should contact local authorities where support is needed in order to ensure their operational safety. Heavy rains will continue in many areas of Vietnam.