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Storm Chaba poses no more danger to Vietnam's northeast as it makes landfall

By Gia Chinh   July 2, 2022 | 05:41 am PT
Storm Chaba poses no more danger to Vietnam's northeast as it makes landfall
Fishing boats anchor at Cai Rong Port in Quang Ninh Province to take shelter from Storm Chaba, July 2 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Cuong
Storm Chaba is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression with reduced wind speeds by Sunday morning and be less likely to cause heavy rains in Vietnam’s northeast.

It made landfall along the coast of Maoming City in China's Guangdong Province at around 3 p.m. Saturday, Chinese newspapers reported.

At 4 p.m. it lay centered around 320 kilometers to the east of Quang Ninh Province, home to Ha Long Bay, with a maximum wind speed of 117 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

It will move northwest at a speed of 10-15 kph and is expected to weak into a tropical depression by Sunday morning with winds decreasing to 61 kph.

Vietnam’s northeastern region should expect rains of 40-80 mm, and more than 100 mm in some places, between Saturday evening and Sunday.

A day earlier weather experts had expected the region to be hit by torrential downpours of up to 150-350 mm a day. Rainfall of 180 mm a day is considered heavy.

Chaba is the first storm to appear over the East Sea this year. June-October is normally the rain and storm season in Vietnam.

Some 10-12 storms are expected to enter Vietnamese waters this year, with around half making landfall.

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