The strongest typhoon to hit southern Vietnam in 16years made landfall in Khanh Hoa Province in the earlyhours of Saturday, Nov. 4, according to catastrophe modeling firmAIRWorldwide.

Typhoon Damrey was maintaining maximum wind speeds of 93 mph atlandfall. Areas from the south-central coast of Vietnam southwardto Vng Tàu were directly impacted by the storm system. Wind damagenear the landfall area was significant, causing ripped off roofs,knocked down electricity poles, downed trees, and widespread poweroutages. Interacting with a cold front from the north, Damreycaused torrential rain across the entire central and south-centralregion, with flooding and landslides reported. Further impacts arepredicted as rain is expected tocontinue through Wednesday, and many rivers andlakes are reaching capacity. 

According to AIR, while Vietnam is no stranger totyphoons, the southern part of the country is rarely troubledby storms. This year, Damrey is the 16th typhoon to make landfallin the Northwest Pacific, the fourth to make landfall in Vietnam,and the strongest to hit south of Qui Nhon in 16years since Typhoon Lingling. The country is still reelingfrom a tropical storm that struck more than two weeks earlier,which caused massive flooding and mudslides farther north incentral Vietnam, submerging more than 30,000 houses, and damaginginfrastructure and crops.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].