Sunday, January 18, 2015

Typhoon Mekkhala closing in on Philippines, heading for Vietnam’s sea

The new tropical storm Mekkhala has been formed and is active in the waters off the central Philippines' coast, international weather forecast agencies warned on Saturday.
According to a Japanese meteorological agency website, Typhoon Mekkhala was raging in the central coast waters of the Philippines with the strongest winds reaching 103-133 kilometers per hour, and even 150-183km per hour, near the eye of the storm.

The tropical storm’s name, given by Thailand, means the God of Thunder.

The typhoon was forecast to move in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 20km per hour, and to hit the central region of the Philippines before entering the East Vietnam Sea on January 20.

But Mekkhala will likely weaken after making landfall in the Philippines, according to Vu Anh Tuan, head of a department under Vietnam’s National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

It will probably become a tropical depression before entering the waters of Vietnam, because of the influence of cold air in the area, so it is less likely to affect the country, Tuan added.

Due to the cold air, there will be strong northeast winds blowing at 29-61km per hour in the sea off the central Vietnamese coastal provinces of Quang Ngai to Ninh Thuan and in the middle of the East Vietnam Sea, causing rough seas with waves rising 2-3 meters and even higher.

In addition, there will be strong northeast winds reaching 39-61km per hour – and even 62-88km per hour – in the northern area of the East Vietnam Sea, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, the waters from the central Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan to the southern province of Ca Mau, and the area west of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, creating rough seas.

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  1. Typhoon Mekkhala is approaching China, bringing strong winds to the South China Sea, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Sunday...

    Mekkhala, the first typhoon in 2015, is forecast to move northwest at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometers per hour after barreling into the Philippines on Saturday afternoon.

    Gales will sweep waters around Huangyan Islands, Zhongsha Islands, Xisha Islands, Taiwan and off the coastal province of Fujian from Sunday night to Monday night, according to the NMC.


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