typhoon lekima at peak intensity above ryukyu islands on august 8
august 2, 2019 (2019-08-02)
august 14, 2019 (2019-08-14)
(extratropical after august 14)
10-minute sustained:195 km/h (120 mph) 1-minute sustained:240 km/h (150 mph)
925 hpa (mbar); 27.32 inhg
$9.28 billion (2019 usd)
caroline islands, east china, philippines, ryukyu islands, taiwan, malaysia
part of the 2019 pacific typhoon season
typhoon lekima, known in the philippines as typhoon hanna, was the second costliest typhoon in chinese history behind typhoon fitow of 2013. the ninth named storm of the 2019 pacific typhoon season, lekima originated from a tropical depression that formed east of the philippines on july 30. it gradually organized, became a tropical storm, and was named on august 4. lekima intensified under favourable environmental conditions and peaked as a category 4–equivalent super typhoon. however, an eyewall replacement cycle caused the typhoon to weaken before it made landfall in zhejiang late on august 9, as a category 2–equivalent typhoon. lekima weakened subsequently while moving across eastern china, and made its second landfall in shandong on august 11.
lekima's precursor enhanced the southwestern monsoon in the philippines, which brought heavy rain to the country. the rains caused three boats to sink and 31 people died in this accident. lekima brought catastrophic damage in mainland china, with a death toll of 56 people and more than cn¥65.37 billion (us$9.26 billion) in damages. the system also caused minor damage in ryukyu islands and taiwan. in malaysia, the typhoon brought up strong tides and partially destroyed the coastal areas of penang.
Lekima's precursor enhanced the southwestern monsoon in the Philippines, which brought heavy rain to the country. The rains caused three boats to sink and 31 people died in this accident. Lekima brought catastrophic damage in mainland China, with a death toll of 56 people and more than CN¥65.37 billion (US$9.26 billion) in damages. The system also caused minor damage in Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan. In Malaysia, the typhoon brought up strong tides and partially destroyed the coastal areas of Penang.