Tropical Storm Washi has now moved away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Unfortunately, the death toll in Mindanao just continues to increase as the authorities continue to find more bodies that were washed away by the flash floods. Meanwhile, Washi is now moving across the South China Sea, located approximately 820km east southeast of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 knots gusting to 55 knots. The system remains organized despite the increasing wind shear. Convective activity also is still active, although somewhat displaced from the center.
Latest Forecast Graphic from the JTWC continues to show a track away from Vietnam. It will pass approximately 350km south of Ho Chi Minh by Tuesday morning. By that time, Washi is expected to weaken to a Tropical Depression and probably dissipate by as early as Wednesday, just before it reaches the Malay Peninsula.
Forecast Graphic from JTWC
We’ll have more updates throughout the day, stay safe!