Tropical Storm Wutip: 75 Missing, Heavy Floods Threaten Vietnam, China, Thailand [VIDEO]

By Danny Choy on September 30, 2013 4:39 PM EDT

Tropical storm Wutip
Tropical storm Wutip strikes Vietnam, southern China. (Photo: NASA MODIS)

Tropical storm Wutip made landfall at Vietnam's Dong Hai at approximately 9 am UTC, Monday morning. According to the NASA Terra satellite, the severe typhoon boasts an eye as wide as 10 miles.

NASA's Terra satellite carries an advanced monitor called the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. According to the images, Tropical storm Wutip boasted maximum winds of 103 miles per hour and sustained winds at 73 miles per hour. Wutip struck the western and southern sides of Vietnam with the heaviest rainfall and the strongest thunderstorms. Tropical storm Wutip's northwestern section weakened over China's Hainan Island.

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Tropical storm Wutip is already responsible for severe damages to more than 1,000 homes. Wutip has also uprooted trees, cut power lines, and even sank at least two Chinese fishing boats near the Paracel Islands. A third ship is lost. There have not been any Tropical storm Wutip-related injuries reported. However, 75 fisherman has been missing since the storm system struck.

International Business Times reports that 140,000 people were evacuated from Tropical storm Wutip-stricken Vietnam. 8,000 residents were evacuated from the coastal area of Quang Tri, China, that was hammered by flooding.

Tripical storm Wutip is the strongest typhoon to strike Vietnam this season.

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