Tropical Storm Etau, which is moving westwards after forming in the South China Sea, is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of between Phu Yen and Ninh Thuan provinces on Wednesday, November 11. Etau is currently sustaining winds of up to 65kph (40mph) with gusts reaching 90kph (56mph); however, it is expected to intensify prior to landfall before then weakening into a tropical depression as it moves into Cambodia. Authorities have warned that provinces between Quang Binh and Khanh Hoa, including the Central Highlands, could experience flooding. Rainfall in Quang Tri and Khanh Hoa is expected to reach 400mm (16in) between Monday, November 9, and Thursday, November 12. Quang Binh and the Central Highlands are expected to receive 200mm (8in) of rainfall over this period. Dangerous sea conditions are also forecast in affected coastal areas.
Flooding and landslides are possible during the storm's passing.
Tropical depressions, storms, and typhoons are common from June to October, posing a considerable threat to human populations and infrastructure. The impact varies depending on the intensity of the storm system, as well as the topographical orientation of the affected area(s) and the observance of existing disaster preparedness programs.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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