Typhoon Wutip (2013)

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Typhoon Wutip (Paolo)
Typhoon (JMA)
Category 2 typhoon (SSHWS)
Wutip Sept 30 2013 0335Z.jpg
Typhoon Wutip in September 30, 2013
Formed September 25, 2013
Dissipated October 1, 2013
Highest winds 10-minute sustained:
120 km/h (75 mph)
1-minute sustained:
165 km/h (105 mph)
Lowest pressure 965 mbar (hPa); 28.5 inHg
Fatalities 65 total[1]
Damage $523 million (2013 USD)
Areas affected Philippines, Hainan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand
Part of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season

Typhoon Wutip, (international designation: 1321, JTWC designation: 20W, PAGASA name: Paolo, VNCHMF designation: Bão số 10) was a typhoon formed that in the South China Sea from a tropical depression on September 27, 2013. In September 30, 2013, the storm made landfall on the provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue province of Vietnam, including Quang Binh is the center of the storm. Wutip killed 65 people in southeastern Asia during late September and early October.[2]

The name " Wutip " (蝴蝶) proposed by Macau, meaning "butterfly".[3]

Meteorological history[edit]

Storm path

A tropical disturbance formed from the southwest monsoon which was been enhanced by Pabuk on September 23. On September 25, it became a tropical depression and slowly intensifies off the west coast of the Philippines and named it Paolo by the PAGASA and designated 20W by the JTWC early the next day.[4] The system tracked west and strengthened into a tropical storm and named it Wutip on September 27 as it brought light to heavy rainfall across Luzon, Philippines. Tropical Storm Wutip became a severe tropical storm as it moved westwards on September 28, and rapidly became a typhoon. On September 29, Wutip became a Moderate Typhoon as it created an eye towards Thailand.[5][6] It was rapidly downgraded by a tropical storm as it moved westwards on September 30. It slowly dissipated and crossed the 100th meridian very early on October 2.



As of September 29, 74 Chinese fishermen were missing after the storm sunk 3 fishing boats in the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands as Thailand and Vietnam braced for torrential rain and flooding. Fourteen survivors had been rescued. Rain reached Vietnam on September 30 and then Thailand the following day, killing 12 people in Vietnam.[7][8]


Storm made landfall in Quảng Bình Province on the afternoon of September 30, 2013 with winds of 11 Beauforts. Storm made 500KV north-south line was separated from the grid without causing widespread power outages, 220 line kV, 110 kV and lower voltage lines in the north central area of failure, causing a power loss in Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên–Huế as many trees, broken pole fell on the North–South Railway, leaving at least 4 trains paralyzed.[9]

2 people were killed by the column broadcasting Voice of Vietnam in Quảng Bình struck down.[10][11] Mr. Nguyen Tai Dung, deputy director of Nghe An Department of Agriculture has been washed away, killed while walking donations flood relief in Hoang Mai town.[12] Total damage estimated 11,000 billion VND ($523 million).[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Member Report: China". 
  2. ^ "Typhoon Wutip makes 65 killed in South of China and Eastern Vietnam". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ 香港天文台. "熱帶氣旋名稱的意義". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Tropical Depression 20W (PAOLO) Update Number 001". David Michael V. Padua. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NASA image sees eye in deadly Typhoon Wutip on landfall approach". Rob Gutro. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "19 provinces on flood alert as Typhoon Wutip heads to Thailand". Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Typhoon leaves 74 missing in China as Thailand, Vietnam brace for floods". Reuters. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "西沙海難增至10人死 52人仍失蹤". 香港電台. 2013-10-06. (traditional Chinese)
  9. ^ (Vietnamese) Nguyễn Đông (November 30, 2013). "Nhiều tỉnh mất điện, đường sắt Bắc Nam gián đoạn vì siêu bão". VnExpress. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ (Vietnamese) Lê Hoàng - Hải Bình (October 1, 2013). "Cột phát sóng bị bão quật đổ khiến 2 người tử vong". VnExpress. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "「蝴蝶」吹襲越南 至少3人喪生". 香港電台. 2013-10-01. (traditional Chinese)
  12. ^ VŨ TOÀN (October 2, 2013). "Làm thủ tục công nhận liệt sĩ cho ông Nguyễn Tài Dũng". Tuổi Trẻ news. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ (Vietnamese) Writer VnExpress (October 4, 2013). "Gần 11.000 tỷ đồng thiệt hại do bão Wutip". VnExpress. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 

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