October 5, 2013 - Typhoon Wutip (20W) over Indochina

Typhoon Wutip (20W) over Indochina

Typhoon Wutip battered Vietnam on the closing days of September, 2013, causing evacuation of tens of thousands, sinking three fishing boats, damaging thousands of homes, and killing at least 65 people before it dissipated over land late on October 1.

On September 30 at 3:35 UTC (September 29 at 11:35 p.m. EDT) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite flew over the storm as it approached landfall, and captured this striking true-color image of the densely-packed, towering clouds surrounding a 10-mile-wide eye. Near the time this image was captured, Wutipís one-minute sustained winds were reported to be about 87 mph (140 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Fortunately the storm weakened slightly before landfall, and came ashore as a Tropical Storm with sustained winds at about 64 mph (103 km/h), and gusts of up to 80 mph (129 km/h), according to Vietnamís National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Once on land, Wutip quickly dissipated, with the final warning from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) published late on September 30 when the storm was located about 200 miles (322 km) northwest of Da Nang.

Heavy winds and soaking rains caused widespread flooding across the entire region. As of October 2, the Vietnam Red Cross National Headquarters reported they had deployed 1,200 household kids for the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Qung Binh, Tuang Tri, along with 1,845,000 water filtration tables for Nghe An and Thanh Hoa. Additional distributions are being planned as needed.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 9/30/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC