A tropical depression currently located in the East Sea with maximum winds of 61 kph will likely enter the Gulf of Tonkin tonight, bringing torrential rains to northern Vietnam, the Vietnamese weather agency warned on Monday.
At 7 am on Monday, September 8, the depression was located east of China’s Hainan Island, packing winds of up to 46 kph , said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center.
The depression is moving west-northwest at 15 kph and will cross Hainan Island and the Leishou Peninsula before entering the Gulf of Tonkin tonight.
At 7 pm the same day, the low pressure will be located about 140 km southwest off the Mong Cai Town of the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Winds near the eye of the depression will be as strong as 49 kph, with squalls of up to 88 kph.
Over the next 24 hours, the depression will maintain its current course at a lower speed, from 10-15 kph.
It will make landfall in the border area between Vietnam and China and weaken into a low pressure system.
Due to the tropical depression, the Gulf of Tonkin will experience rough seas, heavy rain and strong winds beginning this afternoon.
As of tonight, torrential rains and thunderstorms will reach many northern provinces, possibly causing flashfloods and landslides, especially in coastal and mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, due to the strong seasonal southwest winds, the central and southern areas of the East Sea, including the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, and the waters between the south-central province of Binh Thuan and the country’s southernmost province of Ca Mau, will face rainstorms and strong winds.
During the thunderstorms there will likely be vortexes, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center warned, adding that it is closely following the development of the depression.