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Cyclones in Tuvalu

Cyclones occur rarely in Tuvalu. On average, they happen about once per year.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

Tuvalu has certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones in Tuvalu since 2018

Bina: January 30 to February 1, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 31st, 2021 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 626 km southeast of Tanrake Village in Nui.

Tino: January 15-20, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 157 km/h
Diameter:
max. 278 km
Air pressure:
below 956 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 16th, 2020 at 6:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 495 km southeast of Savave Village in Nukufetau.

Sarai: December 24, 2019 to January 2, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 971 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 25th, 2019 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 210 km southeast of Tanrake Village in Nui.

Mona: December 31, 2018 to January 9, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 985 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 02nd, 2019 at 9:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 171 km southeast of Tanrake Village in Nui.


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