The eye of Storm Noru was nearly 200 km from Vietnam’s central coast at 5 p.m., but it already caused several houses to collapse and blew the roofs off many others.
Da Nang closes down bridges, roads
The Thuan Phuoc Bridge of the city has been closed down due to severe impacts of the storm, while the roads leading to the Son Tra Peninsula have been closed down as well. People are banned from swimming at sea, and no one is allowed out on the street starting 8 p.m.
Strong winds have already brought down a row of fake orchids on Dien Bien Phu Street, as well as felling trees on Ngo Phuoc Lan Street.
Shops on Nguyen Van Linh and Bach Dang streets of Hai Chau District could be seen using containers and container trucks to block their front doors against the winds.
In Thua Thien-Hue
Strong winds and rough seas are observed in Thua Thien-Hue. High waves breached coastal revetments in Hue’s Hai Duong Commune, smashing into the Thuan An Hai Duong Bridge, which costs VND1.2 trillion ($50.5 million). 200 construction workers of the bridge have sought shelter at the Thai Duong primary school, around 200 m away.
Local police and militia forces have been stationed at the Huong Giang Village overnight to support people once the storm arrives. People in dilapidated houses are evacuated to sturdier houses and houses in higher areas.
In its Hue Town, local authorities have evacuated over 2,500 families with 9,500 people in vulnerable areas, as well as helping fortify 1,096 houses and bringing 421 vessels to safety.
In Da Nang
The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said there were three vessels with 20 people from Binh Dinh still in the danger zone. They are currently making their way out of harm’s way.
Over 70,000 people in Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh have been evacuated to safety.
Rain levels from 7 p.m. Monday to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Quang Tri were between 50-100 mm, while localities from Thua Thien-Hue to Quang Nam, as well as the Central Highlands, recorded rain levels between 20-30 mm.
Heavy downpours in Da Nang
Areas from Da Nang to Quang Ngai Province, forecast to be the hardest hit by Storm Noru, received heavy downpours and strong winds from Tuesday afternoon.
Torrential rains poured in Da Nang from 1 p.m. Few people were seen on the streets. People have come home early from work while all wet markets have been closed.
Strong winds were recorded in the southern part of Son Tra Peninsula, the first place to be hit by Storm Noru in Da Nang.
Waves four to five meters high could be seen along the coast from Da Nang to Quang Ngai.
High waves in Ly Son Island off Quang Ngai Province, September 27, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Chi Tam
10 airports closed to avoid Storm Noru’s impacts
Aviation authorities announced to close five more airports in the central region and the Central Highlands from Tuesday to Wednesday, after closing five others in the region the previous night.
Graphics by VnExpress/Tien Thanh
Provinces ask residents to stay indoors
People in Ly Son Island of Quang Ngai Province are evacuated to safer places on September 27, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Linh
Quang Nam Province has let all workers leave their office from Tuesday noon.
Nguyen Van Phuong, chairman of Thua Thien-Hue Province, have ordered all wet markets to stop operation from 3 p.m. on Tuesday while industrial parks must have workers to stay for Tuesday night.
In Binh Dinh Province, militiamen have been sent over to help local people reinforce their houses, including placed sandbags on the roof.
The provincial chairman Pham Anh Tuan said “this is a strong storm with an unpredictable route and therefore, we are not to let our guard down.”
Phu Yen Province has ordered farmers to remove all of their seafood farming rafts to safety before 4 p.m.
Storm Noru packs winds of 183 kph near Da Nang coast
At 1 p.m., Storm Noru is 270 km from the coast from Da Nang to Quang Ngai Provinces, carrying winds of 183 kph.
The storm is forecast to make hit Quang Ngai’s Ly Son Island, around 24km offshore, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, causing strong winds in Ly Son and nearby Phu Quy Island off Binh Thuan Province.
At 1 a.m. Wednesday, the storm will be above Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai Provinces, maintaining its strength, which is close to a super typhoon.
Thousands of people in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces were evacuated to safety on Tuesday morning.
At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Storm Noru lay around 270 kilometers from the central coast from Da Nang to Quang Ngai and carried a wind speed of 183 kph, up from 166 kph late Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
At around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the storm will lay along the coast from Thua Thien Thue to Quang Ngai Provinces with winds of 150-183 kph.
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