Storm Krovanh devolves back to tropical depression

By Phan Anh   December 21, 2020 | 03:41 pm GMT+7
Storm Krovanh devolves back to tropical depression
Satellite image of a tropical depression, formerly storm Krovanh, near Vietnamese shores, December 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Storm Krovanh, the 14th storm to have entered the South China Sea this year, devolved back to a tropical depression Monday morning.

At around 10 a.m., the tropical depression was about 270 kilometers to the east-northeast of Alexandra Bank with a maximum wind speed of 60 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

In the next 24 hours, the tropical depression is expected to move west-southwest at 10-15 kph. By 10 a.m. Tuesday, it would be about 100 kilometers to the west-northwest of the Alexandra Bank with a maximum wind speed of 50 kph.

In the next 48 hours, the tropical depression would move west at 10-15 kph and devolve into a low-pressure area. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, the low-pressure area would be above provinces from Soc Trang to Ca Mau, with a maximum wind speed under 40 kph.

Rough seas and strong winds should be expected in certain regions of the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. Southern Vietnam should expect rainfall of up to 70 millimeters starting Tuesday, meteorologists said.

Successive storms, flooding, and landslides that hit central Vietnam from September to November have resulted in 192 deaths, 57 missing persons and an estimated economic loss of VND30 trillion ($1.29 billion), according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

 
 
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