A tropical depression in the South China Sea strengthened into tropical storm Noul on Tuesday, September 15. Noul is currently located 171km (106mi) northwest of Busuanga Island (Philippines) and is moving northwest. Noul is forecast to strengthen further and will be sustaining winds of up to 130kph (80mph) by Thursday, September 17, and will make landfall north of Hue (Vietnam) between Thursday and Friday, September 18, before moving inland towards Laos and Myanmar. Forecasters have warned that Noul will bring heavy rains and high winds to Hainan province which may intensify if the storm's track moves north.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and associated flooding and landslides are expected in Hainan province over the coming days. Disruptions to transportation, business, and utilities are likely.
China's southern and eastern coastlines are highly vulnerable to storm systems during the rainy season from May to September. These storm systems have the potential to cause human casualties and mass displacement as well as result in travel and service delivery disruptions. Heavy downpours and strong winds, as well as associated floods and landslides, also frequently cause structural damage and lead to high economic losses.
Those in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous. Never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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