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Typhoon Kujira takes shape in East Sea
By Nguyen Bang - Thanh Nien News -
The path of Typhoon Kujira as forecast by the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center
Typhoon Kujira, the first tropical storm recorded by Vietnam this year, was formed in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea) on Sunday morning and is moving northwards at about 10 kilometers per hour.
The National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center predicted the storm’s center will be located at 19.9 degrees north latitude and 110.8 degrees east longitude, on eastern Hainan Island of China, by 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
As affected by the storm, strong winds will rage on coastal areas near the northern Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands and eastern Hainan Island, the center said. Rogue waves of 3-5 meters in height will also be seen.
China's National Meteorological Center forecast Kujira will make landfall between Wanning in southeastern Hainan Province and Zhanjiang in southern Guangdong Province on Monday night, with downpours and strong winds expected.
The typhoon will be weakened gradually after that, it said.