Tropical Storm Banyan Douses Philippines

By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 13, 2011, 9:39:45 AM EDT

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Tropical Storm Banyan has killed at least six people and another nine are missing in the Philippines as of Wednesday.

The storm triggered landslides as it unleashed flooding rain and strong winds between Monday and Wednesday.

Among the dead were four schoolchildren drowned in a swollen river on Monday, the Singapore Straits Times said on Wednesday.

The center of Banyan tracked westward, as a tropical depression or tropical storm, in the southern Philippines, including northern Mindanao.

Estimated rainfall was 5 to 10 inches in a wide swath across the southern and central Philippines, based upon weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com.

Banyan has weakened to a tropical depression and, as of Wednesday morning, was centered near the northern end of the island of Palawan.

Thursday, Banyan will head toward the northwest over the South China Sea, whereupon it may regain tropical storm status.

Banyan could ultimately bring strong winds and heavy rain to Hainan Island, China, and the middle north of Vietnam, albeit not before the weekend.

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