Typhoon Irma (1981)

Typhoon Irma (1981)

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Typhoon Irma (1981)

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Super Typhoon Irma (international designation: 8126, JTWC designation: 26W, PAGASA name: Typhoon Anding), was the 25th named storm, fourteenth typhoon, and second super typhoon of the 1981 Pacific typhoon season. A powerful late season typhoon, Irma reached a peak wind speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) before hitting the northern Philippines as category 2 typhoon, causing considerable damage and 200+ casualties. Irma was the third strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since records began in 1947.

Meteorological history

An area of convection was detected on November 15 near Ponape. The disturbance was moving northward and then westward as a cluster of thunderstorms. Because of the strong outflow from nearby Typhoon Hazen, the disturbance never was able to strengthen further. When Hazen moved off to the west, the tropical system was able to re-organize itself as a central circulation was defined on radar and satellite readings. On November 17, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft detected 35 mph (56 km/h) winds, which upgraded the disturbance to Tropical Depression 26W. 26W continued to move westward where it further strengthened and became Tropical Storm Irma as it bypassed Guam to the north on November 19.

Aided by a strong subtropical ridge building to the north, Irma gradually reached Category 1 status on November 20....
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