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  • Overview of Tropical Cyclones in February 2018

  • Wednesday, 14th March 2018

One tropical cyclone occurred over the western North Pacific and the South China Sea in February 2018.

Sanba formed as a tropical depression over the western North Pacific about 360 km south-southwest of Yap on the morning on 11 February. It moved west to west-northwestwards towards the southern part of the Philippines. Sanba intensified into a tropical storm in the small hours of 13 February and reached peak intensity with an estimated maximum sustained wind of 65 km/h near its centre. It weakened into a tropical depression that night, before finally degenerating into an area of low pressure over the Sulu Sea on the night of 14 February.

According to press reports, torrential rain and squalls brought by Sanba caused severe flooding and landslides in the Philippines, leaving at least 14 people dead.

Provisional Tropical Cyclone Track in February 2018
Provisional Tropical Cyclone Track in February 2018