Typhoon Vamco approaches Vietnam; Vietnam under alert


Typhoon Vamco had undergone an rapid intensification and intensified into a category 4 typhoon, but it seems the intensification is done, and the storm has now weakened to a category 3 typhoon on approach to Vietnam.

Vamco is located near 15.8 degrees north, 111.3 degrees east, approximately 174 nautical miles to the east of Da Nang, Vietnam. The storm has a maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h), with sustained gusts of 150 mph (240 km/h), and a minimum pressure of 957 millibars. The storm is currently moving westwards at 11 knots (11 mph; 18 km/h), and is situated in a marginal environment of warm, 27 degrees celsius’ sea surface temperatures, very low ocean heat content and low vertical wind shear.

The storm is forecast to strike north of Hue, Vietnam between 24-48 hours, as a high-end category 1 typhoon. The Vietnam’s local agency, Vietnam National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) has put the country on alert level 3 for this storm, and is forecasting that coastal provinces of the country, from Thanh Noa to Da Nang, will likely have storm surge from 0.5 to 1 meter high.

Please be prepared for this storm, as it could again potentially worsen the ongoing floods in the country. Stay updated with your local officials, and evacuate if needed to. Stay tuned for updates.

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