Mr. Mai Van Khiem – Director of the Center for Forecasting National Parks and Economies: “You absolutely must stay at home from now until the end of tomorrow morning!”

Mr. Mai Van Khiem – Director of the Center for Forecasting of National Parks and Forests had a very quick interview with reporters at 5 pm on September 27 about the storm No. 4 that is making landfall in the central part of our country.

Thanh An: Typhoon Noru is approaching the mainland, strong winds have begun to float in the coastal area and cause heavy rain in the central provinces. At this time, what recommendations and warnings will the National Center for Hydro-Economic Forecasting give the Central region, besides the news reports, sir?

Mr. Mai Van Khiem: All the warnings, we’ve been doing it for a few days now. At this time, the storm is close to the mainland, I just hope that the central coastal localities (especially Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai) have organized for people first, must have get a solid shelter from now until the end of early morning.

Remember, the most dangerous time of the storm is when the storm approaches the shore and comes ashore. Because at that time the wind intensity was the strongest and caused the most devastating damage. Therefore, from now on, all outdoor activities are absolutely not allowed! All of them had to take shelter in buildings and houses that were built solidly.

Mr. Mai Van Khiem - Director of the Center for Forecasting National Parks and Economies:
Mr. Mai Van Khiem - Director of the Center for Forecasting National Parks and Economies:

Stormy weather on Ly Son island (Quang Ngai)

Thanh An: How should a solid construction house be understood by people, sir?

Mr. Mai Van Khiem: Houses must be built with flat roofs, not people still living in houses with corrugated iron or tile roofs. Because in the coastal area, when the storm has a intensity of 11-12, level 13 surges in, the risk of damaging the roof is extremely large.

The simplest is to remember the Xangsane beach storm in 2006 with wind level 11-12, its level of destruction was nearly 350,000 houses, damaged and nearly 1,000 ships sunk. The most painful were 76 dead and missing, more than 500 injured.

Up until now, all of our news updates are keeping the forecast that Noru is stronger than Xangsane. Xangsane is level 12 but Noru is at level 13. Until 16:00 this afternoon, when entering the surveillance area of ​​Vietnam KTTV radar system, we have obtained data showing that Noru has risen to the end – level 14 According to the forecast even when inland Noru is still level 13!

Thanh An: What features from this storm really worry you?

Mr. Mai Van Khiem: Right from observing the satellite clouds of Typhoon Noru and looking at the infrastructure in the area where the storm is likely to make landfall, perhaps not only me, everyone is worried. The houses of their relatives, works and infrastructure in the stormy provinces will be mostly unsettled. The wind speed at the description 11 – 12 is already terrible. But Noru is anchored at level 13, level 14 – 15 is really scary.

In fact, during the process of “storming”, all of us only wished that by the time we were about 50km from the shore, “The Deer” (meaning of the word Noru – PV) could reduce the intensity quickly to a low or small level. how lucky. But sorry! All the metrics we’ve tracked so far have shown no signs to expect Noru to drop in level when it makes landfall in the area from Quang Nam to Quang Ngai.

Storm No. 4 makes landfall on Ly Son island

Thanh An: With a storm that is assessed by hydrometeorological experts as “unforgettable”, how is the NP Forecast system monitoring Noru sir?

Mr. Mai Van Khiem: All staff are on duty and dividing work at the operational building of the General Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. The entire hydrometeorological system in the country from monitoring to radar is being mobilized to the fullest extent. The KTTV radar network along the coastal areas such as Ly Son, Tam Ky, Quy Nhon, Dong Ha … are in continuous operation. The network of automatic monitoring as well as manual monitoring along the coastal route in the Central region has been monitored every 30 minutes and performed 24/24h. Every hour, we publish a newsletter to update the position, intensity and accuracy of Noru. The entire NPOS forecasting system is working as hard as it can to provide the earliest, most accurate forecasts.

In a word, the people of the National Park Service are not taking their eyes off the storm Noru for a minute.

Thanh An: Thank you for the very quick interview in this urgent situation!

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