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)
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!