Border guards in south central Vietnam were busy rescuing fishermen Friday night as typhoon Sinlaku roiled the waters on its way toward the shore.
On Saturday morning, the National Center for Hydrometereological Forecasting that the typhoon was 240 kilometers off the south central coast.
The storm is proceeding at 20 kilometers an hour and is likely to make landfall this evening somewhere between Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa Provinces, unleashing winds of 75-88 kph.
Before it reduces to a tropical depression, the center expects the typhoon will bring heavy downpours, strong winds and rough waves to communities between the central highland province of Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa, which includes the resort town of Nha Trang.
Sinlaku was the fourth storm formed in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) this year.
Foreigners have a swim in Nha Trang in the morning of November 29, 2014 ahead of typhoon Sinlaku's forecast landfall. Photo credit: VietNamNet
Border guards in Phu Yen Province said a coast guard ship rescued a wind-battered fishing boat at 1AM on Saturday and has been towing it to shore.
The boat had six crew members aboard.
Another fishing boat from Quang Ngai also lost control offshore on Friday night.
Two coastguard ships were sent for rescue and saved the boat and its two-man crew on Saturday morning.
Border guards have instructed all boats in the affected waters to seek safe refuge.
Binh Dinh authorities said some 2,650 boats from the province are in in the storm's path.