Tropical Storm Pakhar is now moving inland, east of Ho Chi Minh. It made landfal a little more than an hour ago. It is now located approximately 70km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City and is moving west northwestward at 10kph. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75kph gusting to 100kph.
MWI from NRLMRY
The microwave image above, taken by the SSMI Satellite, perfectly shows the core of Pakhar making landfall along the southeastern coast of Vietnam. For a 40-kt typhoon, the microwave representation above is actually very impressive, especially the eyewall structure. If you’ve watched Rob’s video update earlier, he talked about the possibility of slight intensification just before making landfall and it looks like that’s what we’re seeing with Pakhar.
Ho Chi Minh Airport has been reporting light to moderate rain for the past 4 hours now. Furthermore, a recent report states that wind gusts of up to 55kph are already being felt around the city. Elsewhere in Southern Vietnam, rain reports are already ranging from 50 to 100mm.
VIS Image from NRLMRY
Rain will continue for another 12 to 24 hours for Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. The visible satellite image above shows the coverage of Pakhar and the extent of its rainbands. It is forecast to continue moving west northwestward, making its closest pass of Ho Chi Minh in 1 to 2 hours. It will then start turning more to the northwest, crossing into Cambodia by dawn. TS Pakhar is forecast to pass within 200km east of Phnom Penh. It will then rapidly weaken to a Tropical Depression by Monday morning and total dissipation is expected later Monday afternoon.
There could be as much as 250mm of rain by tomorrow, especially in mountainous areas. As we have said yesterday, radar coverage in this part of Vietnam is very poor so we are only relying on airport observations and ground reports. If you happen to be within the path of Pakhar, we appreciate any report we get, although we discourage taking pics or videos for your safety. We’ll have round the clock updates by numerous contributors in this site. Stay safe everyone!