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Typhoons in Taiwan

Typhoons occur very often in Taiwan. On average, they happen about 10 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Taiwan, Fukien and Kaohsiung.

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.

Taiwan has certainly been affected by the foothills of several typhoons, but during the past 12 months no typhoon reached the inhabited areas on land.

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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 Taiwan. 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 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 Koreaon September 14th at 8:00 pm .

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Most violent typhoons in Taiwan since 2018

Muifa: September 6-16, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 12th, 2022 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 225 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

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 04th, 2022 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 286 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

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 12th, 2021 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 66 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

In Fa: July 16-30, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 951 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 24th, 2021 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 323 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

Surigae: April 13-25, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 306 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Eye:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 888 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On April 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 503 km southwest of Hengchun in Taiwan.

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 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 721 km southeast of Hengchun in Taiwan.

Maysak: August 26 to September 7, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 176 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Eye:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 01st, 2020 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 466 km northwest of Keelung in Taiwan.

Bavi: August 20-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 942 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 22nd, 2020 at 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 134 km southwest of Hualian in Taiwan.

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
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 17th, 2020 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 273 km south of Hengchun in Taiwan.

Mekkhala: August 8-12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 389 km
Air pressure:
below 980 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Fukien

Jangmi: August 6-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 09th, 2020 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 449 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

Hagupit: July 30 to August 12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 556 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Taiwan

Fung Wong: November 17-25, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 611 km
Air pressure:
below 988 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 335 km west of Taitung City in Taiwan.

Kalmaegi: November 9-22, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 161 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 349 km southwest of Hengchun in Taiwan.

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
Taiwan

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 8:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 416 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

Lingling: August 30 to September 12, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 852 km
Eye:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 04th, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 345 km west of Taitung City in Taiwan.

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
Affected regions
Taiwan
Kaohsiung
Fukien

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
Taiwan

Danas: July 14-23, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
on land:
max. 78 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1148 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Taiwan


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