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Typhoons in China

Typhoons occur very often in China. On average, they happen about 17 times a year. The hardest hit regions are East China (Huádōng), Northeast China (Dōngběi) and North China (Huáběi).

The typhoon season in the Pacific usually begins with less severe storms in April and does not end until November. The most severe typhoons usually occur in August and September.

The most severe typhoon to make landfall in China in the past 12 months was »Muifa«. It reached a wind speed of up to 148 km/h on September 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm local time near Shenjiamen and was 25 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 1 typhoon. On the open sea, speeds of up to 213 km/h were even measured (category 4).

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Current typhoon: Muifa

On September 7, 2022 at 2:00 am, typhoon »Muifa« formed in the Northwest Pacific with an initial wind speed of 54 km/h. The storm system initially moved southeast at 19 km/h 26 km/h and reached a diameter of 74 kilometers in the meantime. The storm was named Muifa on September 8, 2022 at 11:00 am, when it was already in the mainland area of China. At September 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 213 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a typhoon of category 4.

On September 16, 2022 at 8:00 am, Muifa made landfall near the city of Qingyang (East China (Huádōng)) in China. At that time, the typhoon had a wind speed of 65 km/h and a diameter of 74 kilometers.

Muifa has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 544 km northeast of the South Korea.

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Most violent typhoons in China since 2018

Muifa: September 6-16, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)

Hinnamnor: August 28 to September 6, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 256 km/h
Diameter:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 05th, 2022 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 252 km west of Shenjiamen in East China (Huádōng).

Rai: December 13-21, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 267 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 21st, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 132 km south of Jieshi in Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán).

Chanthu: September 6-18, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 274 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 908 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 13th, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 124 km west of Shenjiamen in East China (Huádōng).

In Fa: July 16-30, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 109 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 951 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)

Vamco: November 8-16, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 778 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 948 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 14th, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 198 km south of Sanya in Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán).

Molave: October 21-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 189 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 28th, 2020 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 353 km south of Sanya in Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán).

Haishen: August 30 to September 10, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 250 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1482 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 910 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
North China (Huáběi)
Northeast China (Dōngběi)

Maysak: August 26 to September 7, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
on land:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Eye:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
Affected regions
North China (Huáběi)
Northeast China (Dōngběi)

Bavi: August 20-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
on land:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Eye:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Northeast China (Dōngběi)
North China (Huáběi)

Hagupit: July 30 to August 12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)

Sinlaku: July 29 to August 3, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1667 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán)

Mitag: September 24 to October 5, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 143 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)

Tapah: September 17-23, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Eye:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 21st, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 357 km west of Shenjiamen in East China (Huádōng).

Lingling: August 30 to September 12, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 852 km
Eye:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)
Northeast China (Dōngběi)
North China (Huáběi)

Bailu: August 19-26, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 106 km/h
on land:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)
Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán)

Krosa: August 4-17, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1759 km
Air pressure:
below 945 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 16th, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 474 km southwest of Hunchun in North China (Huáběi).

Lekima: August 2-14, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
on land:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1159 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 918 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)
Northeast China (Dōngběi)

Danas: July 14-23, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
East China (Huádōng)

Mun: July 1-4, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1326 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Central and Southern China (Zhōngnán)
Southwest China (Xīnán)


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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