By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 24, 2017, 6:29:56 AM EST
accuweather_Typhoon Tembin will threaten more lives and property as it targets southern Vietnam around Christmas Day.
Tembin, which is being called Vinta in the Philippines, is being blamed for the deaths of at least 90 people as it crossed Mindanao with heavy rain and strong winds late this week.
Landslides that wiped out entire villages are being blamed for a majority of the deaths.
Floodwaters washed away homes, made some roads impassable and forced hundreds to evacuate.
Tembin is now a typhoon and may strengthen over the next 12-24 hours as it churns over the South China Sea. Seas will become extremely dangerous, forcing shipping interests to consider altering or delaying their routes.
The strengthening trend is expected to end on Monday as Tembin encounters cooler waters just offshore of southern Vietnam.
“Despite weakening prior to landfall, Tembin may still target a part of southern Vietnam with flooding rain, local damaging winds and coastal flooding,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said. “Residents will be bracing for these dangers instead of celebrating Christmas.”
Conditions are expected to deteriorate across southern Vietnam on Monday and Monday night as heavy rain spreads onshore. In addition to flooding, mudslides may get triggered in the higher terrain.
The areas in the vicinity of where Tembin moves onshore will be at risk for some tree damage and power outages. Storm surge flooding may also occur near and north of where Tembin makes landfall.
Flooding downpours can also spread up the central coast of Vietnam and into a parts of Cambodia and southern Laos by Tuesday. Land interaction will cause Tembin to weaken further at this time.