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Tropical Storm 26W (Noul) Approaches Vietnam

November 17th, 2008 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm 26W - November 17th, 2008

Tropical Storm 26W - November 17th, 2008

Tropical Storm 26W - enhanced image

Tropical Storm 26W - enhanced image

A warning has been issued for Tropical Storm 26W (Noul), located approximately 135 nautical miles east-southeast of Nha Trang, Vietnam.

The system has moved westward across the South China Sea at 11knots over the past six hours.

It is expected to continue west across the Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam, then cross the Malay Peninsula in the south of Thailand, into the Bay of Bengal.

In the main image, the storm is already obscuring the southern part of Vietnam. To the North, however, we can see mainland China, and to the South, parts of Indonesia.

It has maximum sustained winds of 35knots with maximum gusts at 45 knots. Its maximum significant wave height is 11feet.

If the cyclone survives the two land crossings, it is expected to maintain an intensity of about 40knots and then continue strenghthening once it reaches the Bay of Bengal.source JTWC

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