Typhoon Sarika / (Karen) continues to stir up the waters west of Luzon after battering the Philippines this past weekend leaving 2 dead and 3 missing in its wake.
Now people in southern China and Vietnam brace for the impending storm.
Typhoon Sarika (Known as Karen in the Philippines) made landfall early Sunday morning in Bicol as a Category 4 equivalent Typhoon according the US Military.
According to Rappler 2 people and 3 are missing due to the storm. All fishermen who ventured amidst the rough weather.
Good news is thousands were evacuated ahead of the storm from coastal areas likely vastly reducing the loss of life and impact from the storm. This is something the Philippine government has improved on vastly over the past several years, especially in the wake of Haiyan.
The storm weakened quite quickly as it cross Luzon resulting in relatively calmer conditions in the Manila area. Some power outages were reported and localized flooding but overall the winds stayed mild with max gust only around 20kts at the Manila airport.
Subic bay just to the north seen a max wind gust around 40kts as the storm drifted by.
The worst of the weather was on the east coast of course, in Baler Videographer James Reynolds documented the storm as it raged on shore Sunday morning.
Southern China and Vietnam
Last week rains from former Tropical Storm Aeres swamped central and northern Vietnam leaving 21 dead and thousands of homes flooded. Of course the last thing they need here is more rainfall but sadly that may be the case as Sarika tracks west first in to Hainan then northern Vietnam.
Hanoi could take the brunt of what will likely be a category 2 equivalent typhoon as we head in to Tuesday morning.
Further west Northern Vietnam will be impacted after the storm rolls over the Gulf of Tonkin in to Wednesday morning. Some areas could see rainfall in excess of 200-300mm further hampering recovery efforts from the flooding already taking place across the area.
Check how much rainfall has already impacted this region via the TRMM satellite here.
The next storm?
Check the website for another update on Haima, now a ever growing typhoon and potential super typhoon to impact northern Luzon by mid-week.