Storm Pabuk forecast to cause heavy rains in southern region hinh anh 1Storm Pabuk is expected to cause heavy rains and rough sea in southern localities before reaching the Gulf of Thailand (Photo Courtesy of the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre)
Hanoi (VNA) - Tropical storm Pabuk, the first to hit the East Sea this year, is heading toward the Gulf of Thailand but is still expected to cause heavy rains in southern Vietnam.

The storm is moving west-northwest at a speed of 15km per hour and is expected to cause rough seas and heavy rains in southern localities from Ba Ria Vung Tau to Ca Mau provinces, including Con Dao island district and Tho Chu island, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre.

The sea areas in the south of the Gulf of Thailand and the south of Ca Mau are forecast to experience rough seas and waves of up to five metres.

At 1pm on January 3, the storm’s eye was 240km south of Ca Mau. Wind speeds at the eye reached up to 90 km per hour.

The eye will be 370km west-southwest of Tho Chu island in southern Kien Giang province at 10pm on January 4.

It is expected to maintain its direction at a speed of 15-20km per hour and reach Thailand on Saturday.

The storm has caused heavy rains and thunderstorms in Ninh Thuan province since January 1 night with rainfall of 80-130mm per day.-VNA