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Typhoon Mawar: HCMC may see downpour at weekend

By Thai Huy

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HCMC – Typhoon Mawar has strengthened into a super typhoon after it approached the Philippines, which may lead to a downpour across Vietnam’s southern region this weekend.

After blasting Guam, the westernmost territory of the U.S., on Wednesday with gusts over 160 kilometers per hour, the cyclone gained strength as it was moving west-northwestward to the Philippines and the East Sea.

However, the typhoon switched its direction to Taiwan after it approached Luzon, the Philippines on May 26, with winds of up to 175 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 230 kilometers per hour, according to Vietnam’s National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Typhoon Mawar has kept gaining strength and now gusts at level 17. The weather forecaster predicted that there might be showers or thunderstorms in HCMC and other provinces from today, May 26, to May 29, with winds gusting at level 4 or 5.

Also, there may be heavy rains from Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, to the south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa in the next seven days. And coastal areas may see strong winds accompanied by high tides.

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