Typhoon Tembin threatens the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam; heavy rain expected

Merry Christmas from the Western Pacific Weather team.

20171224 2140 33W IR

Infrared satellite of Typhoon Tembin – 2140 UTC 24 December 2017, Courtesy of NRL.

Typhoon Tembin continues to march across the South China Sea as skies become cloud-filled across the Mekong River Delta region of southern Vietnam.  Current forecast track takes the center of Tembin across Cà Mau province in far southern Vietnam.  Regardless of the exact location of where the center of Tembin makes landfall, the effects of the storm will be felt across much of the Mekong River Delta and Southeast Vietnam, to include Ho Chi Minh City.

Winds of 90 km/h with higher gusts will likely be relegated to coastal provinces of the Mekong River Delta region, especially near Cà Mau province, but the main threat will be heavy rainfall across southern Vietnam, far southern Cambodia, and Malay Peninsula of Thailand where 100-150 mm of rainfall is expected over the next few days with Tembin’s passage.  For Thailand, this rainfall comes on top of what recently fell as the remnants of Tropical Storm Kai-tak produced over the past couple days.

20171224 2100 33W Track

RSMC Tokyo’s forecast track and Storm-force Wind Warning from Vietnam – 2100 UTC 24 December 2017.

Meanwhile, recovery efforts are still underway across Mindanao.  The Philippine Star reporting at least 200 people have been killed with 144 remaining missing and 40,000 displaced across the southern region of the Philippines.  Reported totals from various news agencies do diverge, but not short of a tragic situation.  Search and rescue efforts by the military continue in villages hardest hit by flood waters and landslides.  We will continue to monitor these efforts.

Mike Adcock
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

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