The path of Typhoon Kujira as forecast by the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center
Typhoon Kujira, the first tropical storm recorded by Vietnam this year, has moved towards the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the famous Ha Long Bay, and is forecast to make landfall soon.
At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the storm’s center was located around 180 km southeast of Quang Ninh waters, with strong winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center.
As affected by the storm, strong winds were recorded in the Tonkin Gulf, including the island districts of Bach Long Vi, Co To and Van Don.
The center forecast the storm will move northeast to hit the coastal areas of Quang Ninh in the next 12 hours and make landfall at the Vietnam-China border areas.
It will then weaken into a depression, the center said.
The storm is forecast to bring torrential rains to northern provinces, especially the mountainous and midland areas. The risks of flash floods and landslides in these areas are very high, according to the center.
The national flood prevention committee on Tuesday morning ordered coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Thanh Hoa to call on boats and ships operating in the Tonkin Gulf to quickly take shelter from the storm.
Quang Ninh and Hai Phong City were ordered to ban boats and ships from sailing.
Quang Ninh was also ordered to evacuate people living in landslide-prone areas to safer places in case the storm make landfall.