Tropical Storm Washi Drenching the Philippines

December 17, 2011; 4:42 AM ET
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Tropical Storm Washi has already begun to unleash heavy rainfall on the southern Philippines, and more is on the way.

Several inches of rain has fallen near Butuan, Davao and Hinatuan, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. This is very close to where Washi made landfall on Friday.

Washi is expected to track west to northwest across the southern islands of the Philippines over the next 24-36 hours before emerging into the South China Sea.

Washi will unleash locally heavy rainfall and the threat for deadly flooding to the southern Philippines through Saturday.

Moving over the open waters of the South China Sea, Washi will have a chance to better organize and strengthen late this weekend and early next week.

The storm is not expected to reach typhoon status; however, it could become a strong tropical storm during this time.

Washi will then start to turn more south of west as it brings the threat for heavy rainfall to southern Vietnam during the first half of next week.

If Washi passes south of Vietnam, it will then likely weaken and move into southern Thailand or northern Malaysia before dissipating.

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