Typhoon Usagi (Samuel) made landfall in Vietnman near the city of Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province) on the morning (local time) of Sunday, November 25, before weakening to a Tropical Depression and moving west-northwest. According to weather officials, Usagi is expected to move over southern Cambodia on the evening of Monday, November 26. As of Sunday afternoon, Usagi brought winds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph) to Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Ben Tre provinces as well as Ho Chi Minh City. Flooding and associated transportation disruptions were reported throughout the affected regions. According to local sources, at least one person was killed by the typhoon. Further rain and associated travel disruptions, including flight cancelations and power outages, are possible in the region in the near term.
Tropical cyclones and typhoons are common in the South China Sea from June through November. Central Vietnam was hit by Tropical Depression Toraji on November 18, which left 14 people dead and caused severe damage.
Individuals present in southern Vietnam are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, reconfirm flights, obey instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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