Typhoon Usagi to slam Vietnam
Usagi strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday evening as it tracked westward across the South China Sea.
Usagi is forecast to make landfall Saturday night between Vung Tau and Nha Trang before tracking westward into southern Vietnam, eventually turning northwest into Cambodia by Monday. It will unload heavy rainfall, threatening flooding mudslides and widespread wind damage.
Damaging winds will be a concern near and along the of the storm, putting areas from Vung Tau to Phan Thiet at greatest risk for wind gusts over 100 km/h (62 mph).
These powerful winds can result in tree damage, power outages and damage to weak structures in the vicinity of where it makes landfall. Coastal flooding can also occur near and north of where the storm moves onshore.
Locally damaging winds will extend farther inland to Ho Chi Minh City and Tay Ninh on Sunday before further weakening of Usagi brings an end to the risk for damaging winds.
Flooding rainfall will be a more widespread concern as heavy rain inundates much of southern and central Vietnam as well as Cambodia, northeastern Thailand and southern Laos.
"The greatest danger from Usagi will be flooding and mudslides, as there can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax of 450 mm (18 inches) of rain in southern Vietnam," Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk said.
Areas that were hit hardest by Toraji only a week ago will once again endure heavy rainfall and possibly severe flooding and new mudslides. ■