Tembin upgraded to typhoon, heads toward Vietnam after at least 90 dead in Philippines
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Tembin upgraded to typhoon, heads toward Vietnam after at least 90 dead in Philippines

December 24, 2017

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Tembin upgraded to typhoon, heads toward Vietnam after at least 90 dead in Philippines

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Tropical storm Tembin intensified to a typhoon on Sunday, after it caused flooding and mudslides in the Philippines. At least 90 people have been reported dead. Tembin, called “Vinta” in the Philippines, exhibited maximum sustained wind speeds of 74 mph (120 kph). The storm made landfall on the Philippine island of Mindanao on Friday and Balabac Island on Saturday.

Reports of the death toll varied. The CEO of the Philippine Red Cross tweeted that 156 people had been killed, 86 injured and 291 are missing. On Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Philippines’ national disaster management agency said 159 people are missing. The International Red Cross reported Saturday that 50,000 of the 70,000 people displaced by the storm are in shelters.  

Tembin is forecast to reach Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Monday after weakening to a tropical storm. About 4 inches (10 cm) of rain is forecast for that area over the next day or two. After Vietnam, the storm is forecast to pass along the coasts of Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

A typhoon differs from a hurricane only in location, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Typhoons occur in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific Oceans.

Sources: Accuweather, CNN

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