The tropics are on fire today with not one but three named storm systems stirring up the ocean across the Western Pacific.
- Near Vietnam we have Rai a Tropical storm but a big rain maker for the Indo-China Pennisula.
- East of Meranti in the Philippine Sea is Malakas which threatens Japan and the Southern Japanese islands including Okinawa.
Tropical Storm Rai is now moving over Laos after crashing in to Vietnam Tuesday morning. This storm was named only hours before it made landfall but regardless the impacts from the rain would have been the same.
The Vietnam Meteorological Agency issued heavy rain warnings near and the threat of flash flood and landslides across the mountain ranges of Vietnam and Laos is going to be high through Wednesday.
Vietnam is hit by an average of eight to 10 tropical storms between July and October each year.
This year on July 26, Typhoon Mirinae formed in the South China Sea and made landfall in northern Vietnam. Typhoon Nida, was the second tropical storm to hit Vietnam this year, this brought torrential rains to nearly all northern provinces in August, causing flash floods in mountainous provinces and low-lying regions.