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Tropical-Pacific weather for Sunday, December 19, 2021

East Pacific:

There is no discussion of the Eastern Pacific tropics at this time.

West Pacific:

Typhoon Rai over the South China Sea

On Saturday night EST, Typhoon Rai was over the South China Sea and heading northwest.

Rai currently has the wind equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

Rai is expected to make a gradual turn north as it approaches the central Vietnam coast and then northeast off Hainan Island as it loses a lot of wind intensity. Rai will get close enough to

central Vietnam, Hainan Island and even southern mainland China have impacts of wind and rain on these areas.

Although the center of the storm seems unlikely to reach the country, rain and wind could impact the Vietnamese coast, mainly around Nha Trang and Qui Nhon until Sunday evening local time. This

will result in localized flooding, power outages and transportation delays. As Rai veers north, it is expected to lose some wind intensity, but it can still bring rain and wind to Hainan Island,

China, around early next week.

A tropical rainstorm over the eastern Malay Peninsula will weaken over land, but it will bring heavy rains to the Malay Peninsula over the next few days.

South Pacific:

No new information for this period.

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