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Tembin kills more than 200 in the Philippines; Vietnam faces flooding into Tuesday

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 25, 2017, 11:54:17 PM EST

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Tembin has left more than 200 dead in the Philippines and could spread flooding rainfall across parts of Vietnam into Tuesday.

Tembin, which is being called Vinta in the Philippines, is being blamed for the deaths of more than 200 people as it crossed Mindanao with heavy rain and strong winds late this week.

Landslides that wiped out entire villages are being blamed for a majority of the deaths.

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Floodwaters washed away homes, made some roads impassable and forced hundreds to evacuate.

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Tembin, which strengthened into a typhoon on Sunday, has weakened back into a tropical storm as it nears southern Vietnam. Seas will become dangerous, forcing shipping interests to consider altering or delaying their routes.

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Cooler waters just offshore of southern Vietnam are causing Tembin to weaken.

"Despite weakening, Tembin will still target a part of southern Vietnam with flooding rain, locally damaging winds and coastal flooding," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said. "Residents will be bracing for these dangers instead of celebrating Christmas."

Conditions are expected to deteriorate across southern Vietnam through Monday night as heavy rain spreads onshore. In addition to flooding, mudslides may get triggered in the higher terrain.

The latest track of Tembin may cause southern Vietnam to miss a direct landfall.

The areas in the vicinity of where Tembin tracks will be at risk for some tree damage and power outages. Storm surge flooding may also occur north of where Tembin tracks.

Flooding downpours can also spread up the central coast of Vietnam and into a parts of Cambodia and southern Laos by Tuesday. Land interaction will cause Tembin to weaken further at this time.

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