Having struck the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco is forecast to track westwards across the South China Sea before making landfall in central Vietnam on Sunday, November 15. The typhoon caused at least 13 deaths and left millions without power in the Philippines and is forecast to weaken slightly to a strong tropical storm before it strikes Vietnam over Quang Binh province. The system will weaken rapidly upon making landfall before moving into Laos.
Strong winds and 15-30 cm (6-12 in) of rainfall are possible in some areas as the storm hits and could result in flooding, landslides, and associated disruptions to business, utilities, and transport.
Tropical depressions, storms, and typhoons are common from June to October, posing a considerable threat to human populations and infrastructure. The impact varies depending on the intensity of the storm system, as well as the topographical orientation of the affected area(s) and the observance of existing disaster preparedness programs.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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