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Typhoons in the Federated States of Micronesia

Typhoons occur very often in Micronesia. On average, they happen about 11 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: 7th to 15th April 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: 13th to 21st December 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: 29th November to 4th December 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: 24th to 29th October 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: 22nd September to 2nd October 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: 6th to 18th September 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: 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 18th, 2021 at 1:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 432 km north of Gagil in Yap.

Champi: 21st to 28th June 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: 29th May to 6th June 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: 13th to 25th April 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.

Dujuan: 17th to 23rd February 2021

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On February 17th, 2021 at 4:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 621 km southeast of Colonia in Yap.

Phanfone: 19th to 29th December 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: 24th November to 6th December 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: 17th to 26th October 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: 24th September to 5th October 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: 30th August to 12th September 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: 24th to 25th August 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: 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
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: 14th to 23rd July 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: 18th February to 2nd March 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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