Tropical Storm Battering South China, Vietnam Next

July 29, 2011; 6:47 PM ET
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Nock-Ten created this scene in Legazpi City, Albay province in northeastern Philippines, on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (AP Photo)

"Major flooding and mudslides are sure to result..."

After leaving more than 40 people dead in the Philippines, Tropical Storm Nock-Ten is now bearing down on South China with Vietnam next in its path.

Nock-Ten, which has remained a tropical storm since briefly reaching typhoon status Tuesday night, will continue to cross the South Chinese island of Hainan today EDT (Friday night local time).

After spending some time over the Gulf of Tonkin and restrengthening into a stronger tropical storm, Nock-Ten will make its final landfall in northern Vietnam on Saturday morning EDT.

Torrential rain will remain the main danger from Nock-Ten across Hainan Island and northern Vietnam. Some wind damage and coastal flooding are other concerns.

Major flooding and mudslides are sure to result from the 10 to 15 inches of rain International Expert Meteorologist Jim Andrews warned Nock-Ten would unleash.

The danger for serious flooding will shift to the northern and mountainous areas of Laos and Thailand as this weekend progresses and Nock-Ten transitions to a tropical rainstorm.

The adjective "deadly" is already being attached to Nock-Ten. At least 41 people, according to the AFP, are dead after Nock-Ten's torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides across the Philippines.

Twenty-four other people are reportedly still missing, most of whom are fishermen and crews of small vessels that were likely battered by the large waves stirred by Nock-Ten.


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