New storm approaches amidst Damrey aftermath

Friday, 2017-11-10 11:40:59
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The projected path and location of Haikui. (Credit: NCHMF)
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NDO – A new storm with the international name Haikui has entered the East Sea early November 10, becoming the 13th typhoon heading towards Vietnam this year amidst the central region taking efforts to overcome severe damages caused by Storm Damrey earlier this month.

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According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), on the evening of November 9, after entering the central region of the Philippines, a tropical depression intensified into a hurricane, known internationally as Haikui, and is approaching the East Sea.

At 7am this morning, the storm was located at about 14.9 degrees north latitude, 119.4 degrees east latitude, about 860km southeast off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. The strongest winds in the area near the eye of the storm were recorded at 60-75 kph.

It is forecasted that in the next 24 hours, the typhoon will move in the northwestern direction at a speed of about 20 kph and will continue to strengthen. In the next 24-48 hours, the typhoon will move mainly westward, at 10-15 kph.

By 7am on November 12, the location of the storm will be at about 17.5 degrees north latitude, 112.8 degrees east latitude, on the north of the Paracels. The strongest winds in the area near its eye are being recorded at 75-100 kph.

At a meeting for post-disaster reconstruction yesterday, Hoang Duc Cuong, NCHMF Director, said that due to the early forecast, the path of the storm could change. He presented a scenario that the storm would move north and not affect the mainland. Especially, on November 14 and 15, there will be a wave of cold air from the north and could weaken the storm. However, the head of the meteorological centre agency also issued a less positive scenario in which the storm could cause havoc on the central region, which has already suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Damrey.

The last months of the year are the active periods for cold air and northeastern monsoons, causing a large rainfall in the central provinces. It is forecasted that in November and the first half of December, there will be heavy rains from Ha Tinh to Binh Dinh provinces with one or two additional storms or tropical cyclones. In 2016, heavy rainfall lasted until January 2017 and it is not possible to exclude the possibility of flooding and rains this year could last until January 2018.

To actively respond to Typhoon Haikui, on November 10 the Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and the National Committee for Disaster Preparedness and Search and Rescue issued a telegraph requesting local members and relevant authorities to regularly update information and promptly notify vessels operating on the sea to know the location and development of the storm in order to take responsive measures.

They were urged to strictly monitor the evolution of the storm by means of communication, manage offshore activities and keep regular communications with vessels operating in the typhoon affected areas in order to handle any bad situations that may occur, as well as inspecting and guiding the anchorage of vessels, especially those located around islands.

For the inland areas, it is necessary to inspect and review the readiness for implementation of plans in response to storms, rains, flash floods and landslides, while ensuring the safety of dike system and downstream areas, especially in localities affected by the recent typhoons and floods.

Plans, forces and means of rescue should be ready to promptly deploy rescue work when required.