Authorities in northern Vietnam have instructed fishing boats and cruise vessels to immediately return to shore since the year’s first typhoon is expected to hit the area Wednesday night.
Boats were not allowed to sail out into Ha Long Bay this morning.
A statement from the National Weather and Hydro-meteorology Forecast Center said a tropical low pressure in the East Sea intensified into a typhoon off the central coast Tuesday morning.
The system, which packs winds of 70 kilometers per hour, has been moving north at around 20 kilometers per hour.
It is forecast to cause rains of up to 400 mm in Hai Phong and nearby provinces such as Lang Son and Quang Ninh on Wednesday, possibly triggering flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.
There is a flood warning for Hanoi too.