Nari Drenches Indochina Through Midweek
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
October 16, 2013, 2:07:26 AM EDT
Nari unleashed destructive winds and flooding rain across central Vietnam as it came onshore Tuesday.
Central and north-central Vietnam and southern Laos have been dealt the brunt of the cyclone's impacts thus far.
Winds gusts surpassed 80 mph in Da Nang, Vietnam, close to where Nari made landfall. Torrential downpours have also totaled more than 200 mm (8 inches) across the area.
Elsewhere, heavy rains lashed China's Hainan Island where 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) fell as the storm passed to the south Monday and Monday night.
After killing at least 13 people in the Philippines late last week, Nari continued to track westward before making a final landfall in Vietnam.
In anticipation of Nari, more than 100,000 people were evacuated across central Vietnam, according to Reuters.
Thousands of people were stranded at airports following many cancelled flights by Vietnam Airlines on Tuesday. Flooding rainfall ranging between 150 and 300 mm (6 and 12 inches) continues to fall between the central coast and the highlands as Nari moves farther inland. Mudslides remain a serious threat, especially in the higher terrain near the border of Vietnam and Laos.
Nari's winds will lose their potentially destructive sting as the storm moves over the higher terrain of Vietnam and southern Laos.
However, heavy rainfall is ongoing across southern Laos, northern Cambodia and eastern Thailand. The threat for locally heavy rainfall will continue in these areas through the middle of the week.
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