The tropical depression above central Vietnam’s waters evolved into a storm Wednesday noon, with maximum wind speed of 74 kph.
Vietnam’s northern and central provinces have been told to prepare for super typhoon Noru, which is heading in a northwest direction with wind speeds of up to 183km per hour.
A woman in the central province of Quang Nam spent an afternoon to access storm damage support, only to receive VND2,000 (9 US cents).
10-13 storms could form in the East Sea this year, with around half expected to hit mainland Vietnam, meteorologists warned.
Severe fall weather in Vietnam from the La Nina effect has delayed harvests and shipments, drastically pushing up prices of mainstay agricultural exports.
HCMC will see river tides rise to 1.74 – 1.76 meters on Monday, the highest levels this year, and flood many low-lying areas, the weather office has warned.
Provinces plan to evacuate 468,000 people in preparation for the 13th storm due to hit the Southeast Asian country this year
The United States has decided to provide Vietnam with an additional aid package worth US$2 million to help the country surmount the damage caused by recent natural disasters, said U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country on Thursday after setting off landslides, sinking boats and knocking out power to at least 1.7 million people.
Storm Molave entered the East Sea Monday morning and is expected to pack winds of 150 kph before making landfall near Da Nang in the next few days.