Usagi leaves trail of damage, flooding across Vietnam

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 27, 2018, 3:48:44 AM EST


On the heels of deadly flooding and mudslides from Tropical Storm Toraji, Usagi brought more deadly weather to parts of southern Vietnam on Sunday and Monday.

Usagi briefly strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday before weakening back into a tropical storm as it tracked westward across the South China Sea on Saturday night.

After making landfall near Vung Tao on Sunday morning as a tropical storm, Usagi continued to weaken into a tropical rainstorm.

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Damaging winds resulted in tree damage, power outages and damage to weak structures in the vicinity of where it made landfall near Vung Tau.

According to the VN Express, the popular beach town of Vung Tau was battered by heavy rain and strong winds, resulting in widespread instances of uprooted trees, destroyed roofs and sinking boats along the coast.

"Several streets in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have been submerged under one meter of water," they reported.

One man was killed when a tree fell on him while riding a motorcycle on Sunday, according to VN Express.

Rainfall totaled more than 350 mm (14 inches) around Ho Chi Minh City causing widespread flooding and travel disruption. Some schools remained closed on Monday as a result of the severe weather.

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Usagi will continue to weaken as the tropical rainstorm tracks into southern Cambodia on Monday night. Despite weakening, Usagi will still unload heavy rainfall, raise the risk for mudslides.

By Tuesday, flooding will become isolated across Cambodia and northeastern Thailand and rainfall will diminishes.

Conditions will improve by Wednesday across the entire region as showers and thunderstorms become isolated ending the threat for flooding.

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