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Warning as tropical low nears

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Warning as tropical low nears

QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:18 (GMT+7)

A low tropical pressure formed to the west of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains to coastal provinces from Quang Ngai to Ca Mau and Kien Giang, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre.

The pressure is moving towards west at a speed of between 5-10kph, 110km east of Ninh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces at 7am on Dec. 14 with wind gust of 39-49kph.

The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has instructed flood and storm prevention and control departments at coastal provinces from Quang Ngai to Ca Mau, Kien Giang and relevant ministries and agencies to take measures to prepare for the low pressure.

They were required to audit at sea vessels and inform owners of boats operating offshore of any dangerous developments in the low pressure.

They were also instructed to maintain rescue forces on high alert and keep close watch over the progress of the low pressure and maintain contact with off-shore vessels.

The forecast centre said a cold spell is forecast to hit the northern region on Dec. 14 and bring heavy showers to the northern and north-central regions.

The mountainous province of Lao Cai in particular will experience a temperature of between 11-13 degrees Celsius while temperatures in the town of Sa Pa town are expected to drop to between 2-4 degrees Celsius.

The centre also warned of a high risk of ice and snow along Sapa’s O Quy Ho mountain pass in the next few days.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

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