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Tropical Storm Wutip Hits Vietnam, Leaves Massive Flooding on Islands

By Morgan Chilson   |   Monday, 30 Sep 2013 03:41 PM

Typhoon Wutip weakened to a tropical storm before slamming into Vietnam on Monday, uprooting trees and destroying power lines.

On Sunday, the storm still carried typhoon power as it hit islands near China, leaving two fishing boats capsized and another missing, The Associated Press reported.

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Seventy-five fishermen are missing and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a rescue mission, United Press International said. Waves were expected to top 30 feet, and Chinese officials cautioned rescue personnel to be careful as they attempted to help find anyone who may have survived when the boats went down.

Vietnam, which is prone to flooding and loses many people and buildings each year during storms, evacuated thousands of people as the storm approached, the AP said. When it made landfall, winds were about 73 miles per hour.

With schools closed and more than 60,000 fishing boats and crews told to find shelter, it was hoped the worst of the storm could be avoided.

Reports are still coming in as the damage in Vietnam is being assessed. The AP said it was the strongest typhoon this storm season to hit the Vietnam area.

NASA published a photo of Wutip’s 10-mile-wide eye taken by the Terra satellite and tracked the storm’s path as it moved toward Vietnam.

Another storm, Typhoon Usagi, battered China last week, leaving more than 20 people dead and generating shocking storm photos of cars and people threatened by high waves.

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