Typhoon Noru barrels towards Vietnam

STORY: Vietnam’s meteorological agency said wind speeds were seen reaching 113.7 miles per hour late on Tuesday, adding that Noru was expected to make landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday (September 28) before weakening and moving on to Thailand.

The typhoon forced airports in Vietnam to close and caused travel disruption, according to official statements. The government said around 270,000 military personnel were placed on standby, while footage from state media VTV showed people fortifying their homes with bricks and sandbags.

The hardest-hit areas were expected to be central provinces Quang Ngai, home to the Dung Quat oil refinery, and Quang Nam, home to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, said the meteorological agency.