Hurricane Usagi to make landfall in south- central provinces

The National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center yesterday evening had an official announcement about the tropical low pressure system in the East Sea after it maintained strength and intensified into the ninth storm being given name Usagi. 
Typhoon Usagi is expected to make landfall in south- central region
Typhoon Usagi is expected to make landfall in south- central region

At 4pm yesterday, its eye was located at around 11.4 degrees north latitude and 115.2 degrees east longitude, at 100 kilometers of the eastward of the Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) of the Spratly Islands. 

The strongest wind near the center gusted 60- 75 kilometers an hour. 

By 4pm today, Usagi is predicted to move the west- northwestward, and be located at around 320 kilometers of the eastward of the south- central provinces. 

By 4pm tomorrow, it will move closer toward the territorial waters from Phu Yen to Ba Ria- Vung Tau provinces with a gusty wind of 75- 100 kilometers an hour. 

Within next 48- 72 hours, the tropical storm is expected to move the westward with its gain speed of 10 kilometers per hour, and to make landfall in the south- central and southeastern regions before weakening into a tropical depression.  

Because of an impact of current cold air and storm circulation, the territorial waters from Quang Tri to Binh Thuan, from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Thuan, central highlands provinces and the south have experienced threats of downpours, powerful wind and sea rough. 

From November 24- 27, a flooding is warned to be a major concern hitting on local rivers of Quang Tri to Binh Thuan and central highlands provinces. 

Amid the current weather condition, the Prime Minister last night sent a message to ask the National Steering Committee for Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, relevant ministries and agencies, typhoon- hit locations to keep eye on  the weather conditions and implement emergency measures against the storm through accounting vessels on sea and instructing boats offshore to safe places.

The Prime Minister also requested affected locations to move people out of the dangerous areas of landslide and flashflood, minimize damages on people and property, and ensure reservoir safety and smooth traffic. 

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