The predicted path of storm Khanun (Photo: nchmf.gov.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Tropical storm Khanun has passed the north of the Philippines’ Luzon Island and entered the East Sea, becoming the 11th typhoon hitting the waters this year, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

At 10am of October 13, the storm’s centre was at around 17.7 degrees north latitude and 119.6 degrees east longitude, about 820km east-northeast of Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. It sustained winds of up to 60-75km per hour.

In the next 24 hours, Khanun is forecast to move towards west-southwest at a speed of 10-15km per hour and intensify.

At 10am of October 14, its eye will be at about 17.3 degrees north latitude and 117.1 degrees east longitude, about 510km east-northeast of Hoang Sa. The strongest wind speeds may reach 90-100km per hour.

The dangerous area, which has wind speeds of at least 40km per hour, will be from the 14th to the 21st parallel north and in the east of the 113th meridian east.

In the following 24-48 hours, the typhoon will move towards west-northwest at some 15km per hour and is likely to continue gaining strength.

At 10am of October 15, its centre is predicted at about 18.8 degrees north latitude and 113.6 degrees east longitude, about 250km north-northeast of Hoang Sa. Wind speeds at that time may reach 115-135km per hour.

Khanun is forecast to keep moving towards west-northwest at around 20km per hour in the following 48-72 hours.

In the face of the coming storm, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on October 13 sent a written request to coastal localities from northern Quang Ninh to central Phu Yen provinces, ministries and press agencies, urging prompt preparations for Khanun, which is likely to worsen the current devastating floods once it hit the mainland.-VNA