Tropical Storm Nock-Ten (10W), east of Hainan, on July 28, 2011. Navy Research Lab Monterey (NRLMRY) image
Nock-Ten, a strong tropical storm as of Thursday morning, Eastern Time, will sweep across Hainan Island, China, before striking northern Vietnam near the end of the week.

Flooding rain and damaging winds will spread along the path of this storm, which could hold typhoon status before reaching Hainan on Friday.

The worst of Nock-Ten’s wind and rain will target southern and eastern Hainan Friday into Saturday. Rainfall of 10 to 15 inches, enough to cause major flooding and landslides, will be possible within 24 to 36 hours.

Next, Nock-Ten will cross the Gulf of Tonkin to northern Vietnam, where an area will be hammered with flooding rain and potentially damaging winds.

Heavy rain could also trigger flooding in Laos early next week as the storm breaks up over northern Indochina.

Nock-Ten, designated 10W by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), is also known as Juaning in the Philippines, where it caused serious flooding during the first half of the week.   

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