Tropical Storm Kirogi Brings Rain to Southern Vietnam

Tropical Storm Kirogi brought locally heavy rain to southern Vietnam on Saturday night.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Saturday night the center of Tropical Storm Kirogi was located at latitude 10.4°N and longitude 109.8°E which put it about 220 miles (355 km) east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Kirogi was moving toward the west at 13 m.p.h. (21 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1001 mb.

Kirogi is a small tropical storm.  Winds to tropical storm force extend out about 90 miles (145 km) from the center of circulation.  The circulation is compact and circular.  Most of the strong storms are in the western half of the circulation.  There are numerous bands of lighter showers in eastern half of the circulation.  An upper level ridge north of Kirogi is producing easterly winds which are blowing toward the top of the circulation.  The vertical wind shear is causing the asymmetrical distribution of the stronger storms.

The ridge is steering Tropical Storm Kirogi toward the west.  The center of Tropical Storm Kirogi will make landfall on the coast of Vietnam near Ham Thuan Nam in a few hours.  Kirogi will continue moving west toward Ho Chi Minh City and then over southeastern Cambodia.  Tropical Storm Kirogi will drop locally heavy rain along the coast from Nha Trang to the Mouths of the Mekong River.  Kirogi will also be capable of producing heavy heavy over parts of the southern Cambodia.  The rainfall could be heavy enough to cause flooding in some locations.