Tropical Storm Vicente Turns Deadly in the Philippines

July 22, 2012; 7:40 AM ET
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Satellite image of Tropical Depression 09W near the Philippines on Friday (Japanese Meteorological Agency)

Deadly flooding slammed the Philippines even before Tropical Depression 09W strengthened into Tropical Storm Vicente.

Tropical Depression 09W took shape on Friday, then intensified into Tropical Storm Vicente Saturday afternoon EDT.

Rain is expected to remain the biggest problem with Vicente as several inches have already fallen across parts of Luzon, the northernmost island of the Philippines.

One of the hardest-hit regions thus far is in western Luzon, near the city of Vigan where more than 11 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday. Another hard hit area is the area surrounding the capital city of Manila where flooding has claimed the lives of at least 2 people while more remain missing.

The potential exists for flooding problems across the northern Philippines through Sunday, where several additional inches of rainfall are expected.

Vicente is expected to turn to west later Sunday with additional strengthening expected over the next day or two.

The storm may reach typhoon strength before passing near Hainan or Guangdong provinces on Monday night or Tuesday.

The storm will bring heavy rain and flooding to the southern coast of China from Guangdong to Hainan and Guangxi provinces over the next couple of days. Damaging winds and heavy surf are likely along the coast.

Moisture from Vicente will enhance rainfall across southeast China and northern Indochina through the middle of the week leading to possible widespread flooding problems.

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