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Typhoons in Vietnam

Typhoons occurfrequently in Vietnam. On average, they happen about 9 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Southern coastal strip, Northern coastal strip and Northeast.

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 Vietnam in the past 12 months was »Noru«. It reached a wind speed of up to 159 km/h on September 28, 2022 at 4:00 am local time near Hoi An and was 5 kilometers in diameter at the time. According to the internationally accepted Saffir-Simpson classification, this corresponded to a category 2 typhoon. On the open sea, speeds of up to 256 km/h were even measured (category 5).

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Current typhoon: Noru

On September 22, 2022 at 7:00 am, typhoon »Noru« formed in the Northwest Pacific with an initial wind speed of 46 km/h. The storm system initially moved east at 19 km/h 11 km/h and reached a diameter of 56 kilometers in the meantime. At September 25, 2022 at 7:00 am, it reached its highest wind speed to date of 256 kilometers per hour. This corresponds to a typhoon of category 5.

On September 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm, Noru made landfall near the city of Pakxé in Laos. At that time, the typhoon had a wind speed of 94 km/h and a diameter of 37 kilometers.

Noru has since subsided and is no longer under observation by the authorities. Its last position was about 492 km southeast of the China.

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Most violent typhoons in Vietnam since 2018

Noru: September 22-28, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 256 km/h
on land:
max. 159 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 919 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip

Ma On: August 22-25, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
on land:
max. 72 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Northeast

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 02nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 298 km west of Móng Cái in Northeast.

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 19th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 175 km west of Qui Nhon in Southern coastal strip.

Kompasu: October 10-14, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 100 km/h
on land:
max. 35 km/h
Diameter:
max. 519 km
Air pressure:
below 981 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Northern coastal strip

Conson: September 6-13, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
on land:
max. 72 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip
Northern coastal strip

Cempaka: July 18-24, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 46 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Northeast

Krovanh: December 17-25, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 152 km southwest of Thanh pho Bac Lieu in Mekong Delta.

Vamco: November 8-16, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
on land:
max. 180 km/h
Diameter:
max. 778 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 948 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip
Northern coastal strip

Molave: October 21-29, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 189 km/h
on land:
max. 167 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip

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

Nangka: October 11-14, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 833 km
Air pressure:
below 990 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Northeast
Red River Delta
Northern coastal strip

Linfa: October 6-12, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 611 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip

Noul: September 14-18, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip
Northern coastal strip

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 20th, 2020 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 312 km northwest of Móng Cái in Northeast.

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
Southern coastal strip
Northern coastal strip

Nakri: November 4-11, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
on land:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 975 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip

Bulbul:matmo: October 28 to November 11, 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 102 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Southern coastal strip
Highland

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
Affected regions
Northeast
Red River Delta

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
Red River Delta
Northeast
Northwest


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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