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Typhoons in the Federated States of Micronesia

Typhoons occur very often in Micronesia. On average, they happen about 10 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Yap and Chuuk.

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.

Micronesia 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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Most violent typhoons in the Federated States of Micronesia since 2018

Malakas: April 7-15, 2022

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 939 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On April 10th, 2022 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 132 km northwest of Gagil in Yap.

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 14th, 2021 at 7:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 269 km south of Colonia in Yap.

Nyatoh: November 29 to December 4, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 928 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 30th, 2021 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 303 km north of Gagil in Yap.

Malou: October 24-29, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 156 km/h
Diameter:
max. 648 km
Air pressure:
below 967 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 24th, 2021 at 10:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 303 km north of Gagil in Yap.

Mindulle: September 22 to October 2, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 267 km/h
Diameter:
max. 204 km
Air pressure:
below 908 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 24th, 2021 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 500 km northwest of Gagil in Yap.

Chanthu: September 6-18, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 274 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 908 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 06th, 2021 at 4:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 505 km north of Colonia in Yap.

Omais: August 10-24, 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 18th, 2021 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 432 km north of Gagil in Yap.

Champi: June 21-28, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 130 km
Air pressure:
below 987 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On June 22nd, 2021 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 492 km north of Gagil in Yap.

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 May 30th, 2021 at 4:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 529 km southeast of Colonia in Yap.

Surigae: April 13-25, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 306 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 888 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On April 14th, 2021 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 112 km southeast of Colonia in Yap.

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 October 30th, 2020 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 255 km northwest of Gagil in Yap.

Phanfone: December 19-29, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 194 km/h
Diameter:
max. 389 km
Air pressure:
below 958 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 176 km southeast of Colonia in Yap.

Kammuri: November 24 to December 6, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
on land:
max. 115 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1000 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Yap

Bualoi: October 17-26, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 259 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Air pressure:
below 922 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 19th, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 261 km north of Kolonia in Pohnpei.

Mitag: September 24 to October 5, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 143 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1111 km
Air pressure:
below 965 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On September 25th, 2019 at 1:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 309 km north of Weno in Chuuk.

Lingling: August 30 to September 12, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 207 km/h
Diameter:
max. 852 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On August 30th, 2019 at 10:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 418 km southeast of Colonia in Yap.

Podul: August 24-25, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 37 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 1004 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical depression
Affected regions
Yap

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 19th, 2019 at 10:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 476 km northeast of Colonia in Yap.

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
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On July 14th, 2019 at 10:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 414 km northeast of Colonia in Yap.

Wutip: February 18 to March 2, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 269 km/h
on land:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 889 km
Eye:
max. 93 km
Air pressure:
below 895 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
Affected regions
Chuuk


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