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Son-Tinh Strikes China, Vietnam

October 29, 2012; 7:11 AM ET

Typhoon Son-tinh has slammed northern Vietnam and neighboring China, unleashing torrential rain and damaging winds.

At least three people were killed and two others were missing in Vietnam, following landfall in Ninh Binh province, Xinhuanet website said.

Five people were missing at sea near Sanya, Hainan Island, China, after their boat sank on Sunday, according to Xinhuanet.

Son-tinh, which unleashed wind gusts to 72 mph at Sanya, also dumped nearly a foot of rain on the area Saturday and Sunday, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed.

In Vietnam, the storm poured 11.8 inches of rain over Phu Lien, near Haiphong.

While still at sea, top sustained winds as high as 100 knots, or about 115 mph, were estimated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

Earlier, Son-tinh doused much of the Philippines near the middle of last week, triggering deadly flooding and landslides. The storm then strengthened to a typhoon as it made its way westward over the South China Sea.

Son-tinh was still a tropical storm, albeit a growing one, over the mid-South China Sea at the time of this Oct. 26, 2012, visible satellite shot. In the wake of the storm, the Philippines (off the image, to the right) was cleaning up after flooding rain. Son-tinh was tracking towards the west-northwest (left). (NASA Earth Observatory)

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