Vietnam to evacuate 500 000 residents
Vietnam is planning for the possible evacuation of as many as 500,000 residents in the country’s central coast
region ahead of the expected Thursday landfall of Storm Noul,
the government said in a post on its Facebook page, citing an order from Deputy Premier Trinh Dinh Dung.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the eye of the tropical storm lay around 680 km to the southeast of Vietnam’s Hoang
Sa (Paracel) Islands off the central coast, packing winds of 70 kph.
Vietnam to evacuate 500 000 residents, On Wednesday, the storm is expected to move west-northwest
at a speed of 15 kph and further intensify. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, it will lay centered around 300 km to the southeast of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands with a maximum speed of 100 kph.
Mai Van Khiem, director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting,
said the storm is forecast to make landfall on Friday afternoon in central provinces from Quang Binh to Da Nang,
home to popular tourism hotspots including Son Doong Cave, Hoi An and Hue,
packing a maximum wind speed of 135 kph, according to the government news portal.
Weather forecasting centers in the U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong predict the storm would make landfall
on the central coast Friday afternoon with a maximum speed of 130 kph.
Due to the impact of Storm Noul, northern and central localities should expect heavy rains of up to 300 mm
a day. Rainfall of 180 mm a day is considered heavy.