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    Wutip Pummeling Vietnam, Indochina

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    October 01, 2013, 10:17:42 AM EDT

    While the Atlantic Ocean remains relatively tranquil, the Western Pacific remains very active with multiple tropical cyclones affecting millions of people.

    Tropical Depression 20W developed west of the Philippines on Thursday before quickly strengthening into Typhoon Wutip by Saturday morning.

    Southwest Cay, a small island in the South China Sea, has received more than 7 inches of rain while Wutip was strengthening over the region last week.


    The conditions surrounding Wutip remained favorable for strengthening right through landfall as the typhoon contained sustained winds near 100 mph as it came onshore in north-central Vietnam on Monday.

    Wutip is expected to continue on a westerly track across Indochina during the next couple of days and will quickly weaken into a tropical rainstorm.


    Wutip passed just south of Hainan, China, on Sunday. The strongest winds remained offshore, however at least two Chinese fishing vessels sank in the storm, leaving 75 unaccounted for, according to the Associated Press.

    Early reports out of Vietnam indicate at least 1,000 homes have been damaged while tens of thousands were evacuated from the region. The city of Dong Hoi, near where Wutip made landfall in north-central Vietnam was slammed with strong winds and more than 6 inches of rain through Monday evening, local time. More rainfall is expected overnight.

    Wutip tracked very close to the Paracel Islands, east of Vietnam this weekend, resulting in 5-10 inches of rainfall and winds over 60 mph.

    The threat for flooding and mudslides will continue into the middle of next week across Indochina as Wutip moves inland and weakens.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister, updated by Alan Reppert

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