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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tropical Storm Mirinae heading for Vietnam

Tropical Storm Mirinae has entered the South China Sea (East Sea) on a west to WSW heading towards the southern region of Vietnam. The storm has picked up speed and is expected to make landfall by Monday morning local time.

Storm Mirinae enters East Sea (VOV News)

After pounding the Philippines on October 31, typhoon Mirinae weakened into a tropical storm and entered the East Sea, becoming the 11th storm in the region.

At 16.00 on October 31, the storm was centred at 14.2 degrees north latitude and 118.2 degrees east longitude, packing winds of between 89-102km/h near its centre. In the next 24 hours it is forecast to move between west and south-west at a speed of 20-25km/h and weaken further.

At 13.00 on November 1, Mirinae is positioned 530km east of the south-central coast from Binh Dinh to Khanh Hoa provinces. Its force winds extend outward from the center to as far as 84km/h.

The storm will bring heavy rains and cause rough seas along the central coast in a couple of days, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre.

Mosts forecasts are showing that Mirinae will continue to weaken as it approaches Vietnam. Once the storm makes landfall its strength will diminish to a tropical depression and finally dissipate over Cambodia.

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