"Category 2 Tropical Depression in middle South China Sea"
No. 1 Time Issued October 15, 2020
The Category 1 active low-pressure cell east of the Philippines has intensified into a category 2 tropical depression. At 10.00 am on 15 October, it moves northwest slowly into the middle South China Sea, centered at latitude 14.0 degrees north, longitude 120.0 degrees east with the maximum sustained winds about 55 km/hr. From 17-18 October, it is expected to intensify to a Category 3 tropical storm making landfall over middle Vietnam. In the North, Central and Northeast and the East regions, heavy to very heavy rains are forecast in some places with strong winds. People should beware of the severe conditions that may cause flash floods and water runoff.
In addition, the strong monsoon trough lies across the lower Central, the upper South and the East, and the strong southwest monsoon covers the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand. Isolated heavy to very heavy rains are still forecast.
The strong wind waves are 2-3 meters high in the Andaman Sea, about 2 meters high in the upper Gulf, and more than 3 meters in thundershowers. People should be aware of inshore surf. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats keep ashore. The advisory is in effect on 15 October 2020, at 11.00 a.m.
This next issue will be at 15 October 2020, at 5.00 p.m.
(Signed) Kornravee Sitthichivapak
(Miss Kornravee Sitthichivapak)
Thai Meteorological Department