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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Mirinae heading to Vietnam

Tropical Storm Mirinae continues to speed across the East Sea heading towards south central Vietnam. This storm will begin dumping heavy rain tonight making landfall sometime tomorrow Nov 2.

Mirinae's Next Stop: Vietnam (AccuWeather)


Mirinae is expected to make landfall near Tuy Hoa in southern Vietnam. But, heavy rain will affect a wide area. 5-10 inches of rain is expected across the southern two thirds of Veitnam. There will be an area that receives more than 10 inches. Fortunately, the tropical storm will pass quickly.

Winds of 50-60 mph are expected along the track of Mirinae. Winds of this magnitude are strong enough to produce localized damage. A storm surge of 1-3 feet will produce some coastal flooding.

The storm is diminishing in strength but is moving quickly and will make landfall on the southern Vietnam coast by tomorrow. The storm will produce very heavy rain which will likely combine with a low pressure system that is bringing a strong cold front to the region resulting in even higher rain levels.

Storm Mirinae to lash south-central region with rain (VOV News)

Although the tropical storm is forecast to be downgraded into a depression, it is moving very fast towards the south-central coast and will dump heavy rains on the region, starting on November 2.

At 16.00 on November 1, the storm was centred at 13.7 degrees north latitude and 114.1 degrees east longitude, about 510km east of the central coast from Quang Ngai to Phu Yen provinces. It was moving west and south-west with winds gusting between 75-105km/h.

In the next 24 hours, Mirinae will move in the same direction at a speed of 20-25km/h and directly affect coastal provinces from Binh Dinh to Ninh Thuan. Tropical storm-force winds will stretch out to 200km from the centre.

Mirinae is expected to make landfall and bring heavy rains on November 3 before weakening into a tropical depression. The storm, together with a cold snap from the north, will also cause heavy rains in provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Binh Thuan.

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