Although Vietnam can get a sigh of relief as Typhoon Vamco weakens into a category 1 typhoon while on approach to the country, the storm is still expected to dump heavy rains across the central part of the country.

Vamco is located near 17.1 degrees north, 107.9 degrees east, approximately 70 nautical miles to the north-northwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. The storm has a maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), with gusts of 115mph (185 km/h), and a minimum pressure of 979 millibars. The storm is currently moving northwest at 7 knots (7 mph; 11 km/h) and is in unfavorable conditions of 24-25 degrees Celsius sea surface temperatures and very low ocean heat content.

The storm is forecast to hit central Vietnam, northwest of Hue. The Vietnam’s local agency, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), is currently forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall, around 70-120m millimeters (2.8-4.8 inches) of rain, in some areas at 150 millimeters (6 inches) of rain, from Thanh Noa to Thua Thien Hue provinces. Moderate to heavy rainfall, around 40-80 millimeters (1.6-3.1 inches) of rain, is expected around Northern Delta, Hoa Binh, and Son La.

Please prepare for this storm, as this is, again, can worsen the ongoing floods in the country. Keep updated with your local agencies, and evacuate if needed to. Stay tuned for updates.

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