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Vietnam Braces for Another Tropical System

A system looks to hit Indochina late this week, bringing more flooding rains to Vietnam.

This cyclone passed over the devastation-ravaged Philippines Tuesday and Wednesday, slowing the recovery and relief efforts from Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The system is expected to race westward for the end of the week, slamming into southern Vietnam by early Friday (local time).

Now over open waters in the South China Sea, the disturbance has a window of opportunity to strengthen into a more organized system. While the high speed of the storm towards land makes the development into a tropical storm unlikely, a tropical depression could still form before reaching Vietnam.

Whether the system officially becomes organized or not, flooding rains are forecast to impact the area. Rounds of moderate to heavy rain could total as much as 200mm (4 inches) in some places, especially near Hue and farther inland in southwestern Cambodia and southern Thailand.

Even though this will remain south of the path Haiyan took to Ha Noi and into southern China, flooding remains a threat. Many storms have already impacted this area thus far in the season, leaving the ground quite saturated already.

Luckily, the minimal strength of this storm will keep down wind speeds to a rather insignificant threshold. However, some locally damaging winds are possible.