Typhoon Vamco was forecast to weaken on approach to Vietnam, but it seems fate has changed its destiny yet again, as the storm underwent an unexpected rapid intensification in the South China Sea.
Vamco is located near 15.5 degrees north, 113.4 degrees east, approximately 296 nautical miles to the east of Da Nang, Vietnam. It has a maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), sustained gusts of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 961 millibars. The storm is currently moving westwards at 10 knots (10 mph; 20 km/h) and is forecast to hit the north-central coast of Vietnam, weakening into a minimal typhoon. The environment the storm is in has not changed significantly, with sea surface temperatures just above 27 degrees celsius, and with very low ocean heat content, except the upper-level pattern that led into an unexpected formation of a small but very potent source, which paved the way for a robust dual outflow channel that led to the rapid intensification.
There are no warnings currently in effect from this storm, but please be prepared for this storm, as this will be a minimal typhoon at landfall, but still could potentially worsen the ongoing floodings in Vietnam. Stay updated with your local officials, and evacuate if needed to. Stay tuned for updates.