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​Storm Son-Tinh weakens, downpours expected to continue in northern, northern-central Vietnam

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12:04 GMT+7

Although Typhoon Son-Tinh has been downgraded to a tropical depression since making landfall in north-central Vietnam on Wednesday night, rain and thunderstorms are forecast to linger in the next few days.

The storm hit Cua Lo Commune, Nghe An Province, with winds at 60 to 75km per hour before weakening shortly after, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

As of 7:00 am on Thursday, the tropical depression was moving northwest near the Vietnam-Laos border packing winds at 40 to 50km an hour.

It is expected to continue its path over the next 12 hours and keep weakening into a low-pressure zone.

Under the impact of the typhoon, heavy downpours pummeled Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh Provinces on Wednesday evening.

A map detailing the route of the tropical depression issued on July 19, 2018. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting
A map detailing the route of the tropical depression issued on July 19, 2018. Photo: National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting

Two Thanh Hoa residents were killed by rain and floods.

Multiple flights in the region were canceled due to the storm.

Torrential rains from 100 to 300 millimeters are forecast to linger in northern and north-central provinces until Saturday.

Floods are also expected along rivers in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An Provinces during that time.

People in mountainous areas have been advised to prepare for potential landslides.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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