Typhoon Mindulle (2004)

Typhoon Mindulle, known as Typhoon Igme in the Philippines was a typhoon that struck the Philippines, Taiwan and China in 2004. Mindulle struck Philippines and Taiwan with extensive damage.[1]

Typhoon Mindulle (Igme)
Very strong typhoon (JMA scale)
Category 4 typhoon (SSHWS)
Typhoon Mindulle
FormedJune 21, 2004
DissipatedJuly 4, 2004
Highest winds10-minute sustained: 175 km/h (110 mph)
1-minute sustained: 230 km/h (145 mph)
Lowest pressure940 hPa (mbar); 27.76 inHg
Fatalities56 total
Damage$833 million (2004 USD)
Areas affectedMariana Islands, Philippines, Taiwan, East China, Ryukyu Islands, Korea
Part of the 2004 Pacific typhoon season

Meteorological historyEdit

Map plotting the storm's track and intensity, according to the Saffir–Simpson scale
Map key
  Tropical depression (≤38 mph, ≤62 km/h)
  Tropical storm (39–73 mph, 63–118 km/h)
  Category 1 (74–95 mph, 119–153 km/h)
  Category 2 (96–110 mph, 154–177 km/h)
  Category 3 (111–129 mph, 178–208 km/h)
  Category 4 (130–156 mph, 209–251 km/h)
  Category 5 (≥157 mph, ≥252 km/h)
Storm type
  Extratropical cyclone / Remnant low / Tropical disturbance / Monsoon depression

The monsoon trough spawned a tropical depression on June 23 near Guam. It tracked westward, becoming a tropical storm that night and slowly strengthened as it continued westward due to vertical wind shear. When the shear abated, Mindulle quickly intensified, reaching typhoon strength on June 27 and peaking at 125 knots (144 mph) on June 28.[2] Land interaction with Luzon to its south weakened Mindulle, and the typhoon weakened as it turned northward. On July 1, Mindulle hit eastern Taiwan before accelerating to the northeast and becoming extratropical near South Korea on July 4.[1]


Typhoon Mindulle struck Philippines and Taiwan with extensive damage.[1] Mindulle caused 56 deaths, with $833 million (2004 USD) in damage. In the Philippines, floods left more than 40 dead or missing persons. In southern Taiwan, flooding was the worst experienced in the previous 25 years, with some areas reaching 1.5 m of precipitation over several days. Floods and landslides occurred at various locations.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Digital Typhoon: Typhoon 200407 (MINDULLE)". agora.ex.nii.ac.jp. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  2. ^ "Typhoon Mindulle". earthobservatory.nasa.gov. 2004-07-02. Retrieved 2021-08-15.

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