LY SON, Vietnam, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Mirinae came ashore in south-central Vietnam Monday packing winds of up to 70 mph, authorities said.
Vietnamese officials said Ly Son island district in Quang Ngai province was the first area of the country to feel the storm’s fury, but little damage was reported as the islanders had been able to reinforce their homes and public utilities beforehand, the Voice of Vietnam reported.
The state broadcaster said some 450,000 Quang Ngai residents had been evacuated from low-lying areas, while schools in flood-prone regions were closed until the tropical storm moved further inland and weakened into a tropical depression.
Widespread flooding in south-central Vietnam was anticipated as Mirinae tore off roofs and downed power lines in Phu Yen province and dumped heavy rains on the coastal districts of Tuy An, Song Cau, Dong Hoa and Tuy Hoa city, the VOV said.
Before weakening into a tropical storm Sunday, Typhoon Mirinae killed at least 14 people in the Philippines. Four other people were reported missing. Most of the casualties were in the Southern Luzon and Bicol regions, where the storm dropped as much as 5.8 inches of rain, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
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