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Category 5 super typhoon (JTWC)


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Duration July 12 – July 31
Intensity 280 km/h (175 mph) (1-min),  905 mbar (hPa)

Typhoon Kalina, also known as Bagyong Crising, was the first super typhoon and third storm of the 2037 Pacific typhoon season, and the costiliest typhoon in Taiwan, surpassing Morakot in 2009 with over $5.1 billion USD in damage. Over 15 were reported dead. In total, 32 lost their lives in the storm.

Formation and Taiwan landfall

A tropical wave formed off the coast of Micronesia on July 12. The tropical wave then became a tropical depression, with the JTWC and JMA monitoring the storm. It then strengthened over the warm waters of the Pacific on July 15, becoming Tropical Storm Kalina. It then made landfall over the Marshall Islands on July 17, before rapidly intensifying to a Category 2 typhoon. On July 19, it was classified as a Category 3 with winds of 115 mph, before strengthening again to a Category 4. It reached its peak over Taiwan as a Category 5 with winds of 165 mph. Along it's way, it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, with PAGASA giving it the name Crising. It shortly made a loop and made landfall in Eastern Luzon.

Dissipation

By July 24, Kalina was now a Category 3 hurricane over the South China Sea. At this point, it took on a very eratic track. It first hit Japan as a Category 2 before returning and strengthening back to a Category 3. Midnight of July 29, it had made landfall over the coast of Hainan and soon, Vietnam as a tropical storm. It then dissipated over South Korea on July 31.

Retirement

Due to the damages caused in Taiwan, the name Kalina was retired in the spring of 2038. Since the JTWC could not think of a name, they had to stick with retired names. The name Kalina will be replaced with Nina for the 2043 season.

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