A tropical low has strengthened into a typhoon that's heading for the eastern coast of Vietnam, the country’s forecasting agency said.
Sinlaku, the fourth typhoon that formed in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) this year, was spotted around 270 kilometers off Song Tu Tay Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly islands) off south central Vietnam at 10 a.m. on Friday, with winds of 62-74 kph, according to the National Center for Hydrometereological Forecasting.
The center said the storm will make landfall moving at around 25 kph with winds between 75-88 kph.
Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the center, said the typhoon will likely land on Saturday and cause heavy downpours in the area from Da Nang City in the mid-central region down to Binh Thuan Province.
Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces on the south central coast will be hit hardest, Cuong told Tuoi Tre newspaper.