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Bopha (26W) Over South China Sea

11.8N 116.2E

December 9th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 8th, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 8th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) was a tropical cyclone which formed unusually close to the equator.

Bopha is the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h).

Bopha is also the second-most southerly Category 5 super typhoon, reaching a minimum latitude of 7.4°N on December 3. Only Typhoon Louise of 1964 came closer to the equator, reaching 7.3°N.

After first hitting Palau, where it destroyed houses,disrupted communications and caused power outages, flooding and uprooted trees, Bopha made landfall late on December 3 over Mindanao, an island that had been devastated by Washi in December 2011. The storm caused widespread destruction on Mindanao, leaving thousands homeless and more than 500 fatalities.

After hitting Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, Typhoon Bopha crossed the southern Mindanao and central regions, cutting power to two provinces and triggering landslides. More than 170,000 fled to evacuation centres. The typhoon has since moved to the South China Sea west of the Palawan island province; government meteorologists predict the typhoon’s future path could be across Vietnam or southern China.

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