North East Sea tropical depression strengthens into storm

A tropical depression to the north of the East Sea has strengthened into a storm, the first hitting the waters this year, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

Map of the path of Typhoon CHABA at sea (Photo: VNA)
Map of the path of Typhoon CHABA at sea (Photo: VNA)

At 7am on June 30, the eye of the storm, internationally named CHABA, was about 430km from Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. The strongest wind near its eye was 62-74 km per hour.

The storm is forecast to mostly move northwest at a speed of 10-15km per hour between July 1 and 3.

By 7am on July 3, the storm is predicted to see the strongest wind close to its eye reaching level 9 (75-88km per hour), with gusts at level 12.

By 7am on July 4, it will change its direction to move north-northwest with a speed of about 5-10 km, with the intensity tending to weaken.