Gaemi Tropical Storm is likely to hit two central coastal provinces of Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh in the afternoon of October 6, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

At 1pm Oct. 4, the storm was about 670km southeast of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands with wind gusts of 75-88 kilometres per hour.

The centre forecast the storm will grow stronger in the next 24-48 hours.

By 1pm Oct. 6 afternoon, it will be around 180km east of the coastline of Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces with wind speeds in the eye of the storm expected to be as high as 102km per hour.

The centre's director Bui Minh Tang said at an urgent meeting on Oct 5 that Gaemi, the seventh of the year to hit the East Sea , was progressing in a complicated path.

The Central Highlands and some areas to the south will be hit by heavy rains and local residents should be vigilant for resulting dangers, with landslides expected in mountainous areas and flooding likely to occur in low-lying areas.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat asked vulnerable provinces to monitor the storm's direction and watch over the operation of boats at sea.

He also ordered localities to have their boats anchored safely and work out plans of evacuation if possible.

On Oct 4, the central Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention banned boats from going out to sea in the central province of Quang Ngai .

The Ministry of National Defence appointed more than 31,000 soldiers to be ready for rescuing work in the storm.

Central provinces ' authorities have also assigned officers to the scene to help locals deal with the storm.

The Quang Binh Border Guards assigned 100 servicemen and 10 canoes to be ready in case of breakdown.

The Quang Nam province evacuated residents living in coastal areas.-VNA