While the Atlantic Ocean remains relatively tranquil, the Western Pacific has yet another tropical system that will threaten millions of people.
Tropical Depression 20W, developed west of the Philippines on Thursday before quickly strengthening into Tropical Storm Wutip on Friday.
Southwest Cay, a small island in the south China Sea, has received more than 7 inches of rain since Wutip began forming over the region earlier this week.
The conditions surrounding Wutip will remain favorable for strengthening and likely result in Wutip obtaining typhoon status at some point during the weekend.
Tropical Storm Wutip is expected to take a westerly track through the weekend leading to a landfall in north-central Vietnam early next week.
At this point it appears Wutip will pass just south of Hainan, China on Monday, likely as a typhoon. The strongest winds are expected to remain offshore but damaging winds could still be possible along the south and southeast coast with flooding rainfall for much of the island.
By Tuesday Wutip will be bearing down on Vietnam as a potential typhoon. There will be a threat for damaging winds, flooding rainfall and mudslides from Hue to Hanoi.
The threat for flooding and mudslides will continue into the middle of next week across Indochina as Wutip moves inland and weakens.
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