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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.

The most severe typhoon to make landfall in Taiwan in the past 12 months was »Lupit«. It reached a wind speed of up to 72 km/h on August 7, 2021 at 8:00 am local time near Hsinchu and was 28 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 100 km/h were even measured.

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Most violent typhoons in Taiwan since 2018

Kompasu: 10th to 14th October 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 11th, 2021 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 356 km south of Hengchun in Taiwan.

Chanthu: 6th to 18th September 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.

Omais: 10th to 24th August 2021

Wind speed:
max. 94 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 22nd, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 350 km west of Keelung in Taiwan.

In Fa: 16th to 30th July 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: 13th to 25th April 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: 16th to 26th October 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: 26th August to 7th September 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: 20th to 29th August 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: 16th to 20th August 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: 8th to 12th August 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: 6th to 14th August 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: 30th July to 12th August 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: 17th to 25th November 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: 9th to 22nd November 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: 24th September to 5th October 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: 17th to 23rd September 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: 30th August to 12th September 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: 19th to 26th August 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: 2nd to 14th August 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: 14th to 23rd July 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


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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