Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Typhoon Parma forcast to pass south of Hanoi

Storm warnings were in effect all along Vietnam’s northern coast on the morning of October 14 as Storm #10 (also known as Typhoon Parma) churned offshore, gathering strength.

Disaster management agencies, well aware of the chaos wrought by #10’s two passes over northern Luzon (Philippines), were taking no chances. Over 20,000 fishing boats had been ordered into port and people in some low-lying areas in the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Nam Dinh had been warned to move to higher ground, according to newspaper reports.

The typhoon, which has followed an erratic track for the past two weeks, was expected to weaken as it neared Vietnam but instead has slowed and gathered strength. The center of the storm is forecast to pass south of Hanoi during the afternoon of October 14, bringing torrential rains to all of Vietnam’s northern region.

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