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Typhoon Mangkhut Skirts Laos Following Phils, HK, China Landfalls

Typhoon Mangkhut via Goole Maps

Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to miss Laos after tracking data Monday morning had the destructive storm headed roughly West-North-West from Hong Kong towards South-West China.

Nonetheless, residents and visitors to northern and central regions of Laos should remain on alert for heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday according to the Lao Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

With the storm proceeding over China’s Yunnan province, the result of heavy rainfall in the Mekong-Lancang catchment could cause water levels to rise downstream.

It comes after the severe storm system impacted parts of The Philippines, as well as Hong Kong SAR and the mainland of China with ferocious winds and storm surges seen late last week and over the weekend, leading to loss of life and property that is still being estimated.

According to the Hong Kong Meteorological Observatory, Typhoon Mangkhut will move across the inland area of southern China and weaken gradually today and tomorrow.

Follow the storm’s progress via Google at https://google.org/crisismap/google.com/2018-mangkhut

More information at World Meterological Organization (WMO).

Hailstorms Pummel Vientiane Capital, Major Power Outages Citywide

Hail storm in Vientiane Capital

A fierce tropical storm ravaged its way across the nation yesterday, bringing some relief from the scorching weather, but causing widespread damage due to strong winds and hail.

Hailstorms hit many parts of southeastern Vientiane, inundating homes and penetrating rooftops. Hailstones as large as ice cubes were noted by some surprised residents, which ripped through trees and pummeled traffic.

Many cars were left waiting out the storm by the side of the road.

Widespread electricity cuts and power outages were experienced in four districts of the nation’s capital, including Saysettha, Sikhottabong, Sisattanak and Naxaythong districts.

In some areas, power cables were cut or utilities poles were blown down by strong winds, while technicians from Electricite du Laos (EDL) rushed to the scene.

Construction materials fall on a utility pole

Construction materials fall on a utility pole

 

A utility pole blown down by the storm. Photo: EDL

A utility pole blown down by the storm. Photo: EDL

The inclement weather is set to continue until Friday afternoon, according to a notice by the Weather Forecast and Aeronautical Meteorology Division of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department in Vientiane.

All residents are being urged to take proper precautions and reduce speed when driving.

Photos: Mahason, EDL.

Savannakhet Repairs Storm Damage To Electricity Grid

Savannakhet province is rushing to repair the 22 Kw electricity grid along two kilometres of Road No. B9 in Kaysone Phomvihane district after it was damaged by thunderstorms and strong winds on July 18.