Typhoon Talim (2005)

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Typhoon Talim (Isang)
Typhoon (JMA scale)
Category 4 super typhoon (SSHWS)
Typhoon Talim 2005.jpg
Typhoon Talim at peak intensity on August 30
FormedAugust 26, 2005
DissipatedSeptember 1, 2005
Highest winds10-minute sustained: 175 km/h (110 mph)
1-minute sustained: 240 km/h (150 mph)
Lowest pressure925 hPa (mbar); 27.32 inHg
Fatalities150 direct
Damage$1.5 billion (2005 USD)
Areas affectedTaiwan, China
Part of the 2005 Pacific typhoon season

Typhoon Talim, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Isang, was a strong tropical cyclone that passed over Taiwan on the night of August 31 to September 1, 2005, and over Southeast China on September 2. At maximum intensity, Talim was a category 4 super typhoon. The name of the typhoon comes from the Tagalog term Talim, which means 'sharpness'.

Meteorological history[edit]

Map plotting the track and the intensity of the storm, according to the Saffir–Simpson scale

An area of convection which developed and persisted approximately 250 nmi east-northeast of Guam. It was first mentioned as a suspect area in JTWC's STWO issued at 06:00 UTC 24 August when satellite imagery revealed a broad LLCC associated with the disturbance. An upper-level analysis revealed a low to moderate wind shear environment. However, an upper-level LOW was impinging on the outflow on the northern side of the circulation. Despite this, the potential for development of a significant tropical cyclone was raised to "good" at August 25 22:00 UTC and a TCFA issued. The first warning was released at 26/0600 UTC when Tropical Depression 13W was located approximately 100 nmi west-southwest of Guam. It was upgraded to a 35-kn tropical storm by both JTWC and JMA on August 27 00:00 UTC, the tropical cyclone being assigned the name Talim.[citation needed]

Tropical Storm Talim steadily intensified on 27 August as it moved on a general northwestward track along the southwestern periphery of a sub-tropical ridge. The tropical cyclone was raised to typhoon intensity at 0600 UTC 28 August when it was located approximately 690 nmi south-east of Okinawa. At this time, PAGASA christened the tropical cyclone: Isang after the storm had entered their AOR. Typhoon Talim continued to strengthen on 28 August while moving on a more westward heading and reached a peak intensity of 130 kn on August 29 18:00 UTC. After maintaining this strength for nearly 24 hours, a weakening trend began late on 30 August as the storm approached the island of Taiwan. Typhoon Talim made landfall near Hualien, Taiwan, on August 31 18:00 UTC with a MSW of 95 kn. From there, the cyclone crossed the Taiwan Strait and came ashore near Fuzhou, China, around September 1 06:00 UTC, the same time that it was downgraded to a 55-kn tropical storm. JTWC issued the final warning on the same day while JMA continued to maintain the system as a tropical storm, downgrading Talim to a tropical depression at September 2 06:00 UTC. The last statement issued by JMA was later that day.[citation needed]



Satellite cloud picture of Typhoon Talim nearing landfall on August 31

At least 7 people were reported killed in the storm. The typhoon left the island later that day and headed towards China. Typhoon Talim was the second storm of such strength to hit Taiwan during the 2005 storm season, the first time since 1994.[citation needed]

Mainland China[edit]

More than 15 million people were affected by the storm. At least 110 people were reported dead in eastern China, mainly because of floods and landslides. A further 28 people were reported missing. More than 150,000 people were evacuated, and thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. The Ministry of Civil Affairs in China reported that the typhoon caused 12.19 billion yuan (about US$1.5 billion) of economic losses. [1]


In the Philippines, no one was reported hurt, missing, or dead, but heavy rains were experienced as Talim lashed through the island of Luzon.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Talim leaves 95 dead, 30 missing". China View. 2005-09-05.

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