Deadly Conson Finally Dissipates Over Vietnam

By By Rob Miller, Senior Meteorologist
July 18, 2010, 1:52:22 AM EDT

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After killing more than 70 people across Philippines, China and Vietnam, Conson has dissipated over northern Vietnam after making landfall late Saturday morning, EDT.

Heavy rains persist across northwest Vietnam, northern Laos and southern China as the remnants of Conson continue to move westward.

Once a typhoon, Conson made landfall across northern Vietnam as a tropical storm late Saturday morning, EDT, with sustained winds between 50-55 mph.

Over 5 inches of rain was reported at Nam Dinh, a city 55 miles southeast of Hanoi, as Conson moved through the region.

11 people remain missing and at least 1 child has died across northern Vietnam. Widespread power outages are also being reported.

Local news agencies report 97 houses were leveled in Hai Phong, wounding 3 people.

Conson Battered Hainan

As a typhoon, Conson brushed the southern end of Hainan, a large island province off the southern coast of mainland China, Friday morning, EDT.

Conson uprooted trees, damaged dozens of buildings and caused power outages throughout parts of the island. At least 2 people were killed when billboards collapsed.

Philippines Death Toll Increases to 68 Following Conson

The disaster relief agency of the Philippines raised the death toll to 68, while 84 people remain missing, after Conson passes through the country earlier in the week.

Electricity was finally restored to the capital of Manila and nearby provinces on Luzon Island on Thursday. Conson passed over Manila Monday night and Tuesday, but had weakened to a tropical storm beforehand.

A new tropical depression, 04W, formed off the east coast of Luzon Island during the early morning hours Sunday, EDT. 04W has since moved over Luzon Island and will produce more heavy rain to the region, including the capital city of Manilla.

04W will likely strengthen into a strong tropical storm or a weak typhoon later this week as it heads toward a mid-week landfall over southern China.

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