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Typhoons in Hong Kong

Typhoons occurfrequently in Hong Kong. On average, they happen about 6 times a year. The hardest hit regions are New Territories.

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 Hong Kong in the past 12 months was »Nalgae«. It reached a wind speed of up to 69 km/h on November 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm local time near Sok Kwu Wan and was 32 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a tropical storm typhoon. On the open sea, speeds of up to 130 km/h were measured (category 1).

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Most violent typhoons in Hong Kong since 2018

Nalgae: October 27 to November 3, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
on land:
max. 69 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 979 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
New Territories

Ma On: August 22-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 25th, 2022 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 208 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Chaba: June 29 to July 2, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 137 km/h
Diameter:
max. 315 km
Air pressure:
below 969 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 1st, 2022 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 333 km south of Tai O in New Territories.

Rai: December 13-21, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 267 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 21st, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 114 km southwest of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Kompasu: October 10-14, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
Diameter:
max. 519 km
Air pressure:
below 981 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 13th, 2021 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 346 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Lionrock: October 7-10, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 8th, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 524 km southeast of Tai O in New Territories.

Lupit: August 2-10, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 3rd, 2021 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 97 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Cempaka: July 18-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 19th, 2021 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 170 km southeast of Tai O in New Territories.

Choi Wan: May 29 to June 6, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 986 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On June 4th, 2021 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 524 km southwest of Sai Kung in New Territories.

Atsani: October 29 to November 7, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 7th, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 405 km west of Sai Kung in New Territories.

Saudel: October 16-26, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 133 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 483 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Nangka: October 11-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 833 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 13th, 2020 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 450 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Higos: August 16-20, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 109 km/h
Diameter:
max. 389 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
New Territories

Mekkhala: August 8-12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 389 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 11th, 2020 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 405 km west of Sai Kung in New Territories.

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
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 31st, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 591 km southeast of Tai O in New Territories.

Nuri: June 8-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 500 km
Air pressure:
below 995 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On June 14th, 2020 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 182 km southeast of Tai O in New Territories.

Podul: August 24-31, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 29th, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 556 km south of Sok Kwu Wan in New Territories.

Bailu: August 19-26, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 106 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 25th, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 260 km north of Yuen Long Kau Hui in New Territories.

Wipha: July 29 to August 4, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 983 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 31st, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 360 km south of Tai O in New Territories.

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
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 417 km south of Tai O in New Territories.


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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