Hundreds of thousands fled to higher ground in Vietnam today and 20,000 fishing boats headed for port, as Typhoon Lekima pelted low-lying areas with driving rain and 75 mph winds before heading westward toward Laos. Officials believe Lekima passed through scantly populated areas, Reuters says, but won’t be able to estimate damage until tomorrow.
The storm made landfall on a Chinese beach resort late yesterday, before sweeping over central Vietnam. Coffee, rice, and oil production—the staples of Vietnam’s economy—shouldn’t be affected. The storm is the fifth Vietnam has weathered this year, and another, named Krosa, was brewing in the west Pacific today.