Haiyan – the massive storm that lashed the Philippines – weakened to a category one hurricane when it hit northern Vietnam early today. Despite this there were still winds of up to 75mph. Nearly a million people were evacuated from the central Vietnam provinces before the path of Haiyan turned further north. The typhoon passed very close to the Chinese island of Hainan, where a further 130,000 people were relocated.
After continuing to move mainly in a northern direction at a speeds of 10 mph, the storm was centered in the southern area of China’s southern Guang Xi Province at 11 am today – where winds of 50 mph and squalls of 50-65 mph were experienced.
At last report all airports in either Central and Northern Vietnam are back to normal operations and most tours can be done with the exception of cruises on Halong Bay as the port remains closed until further notice. We will keep our clients updated as the status opt the Port changes.