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Typhoon Saomai > Category 5 super typhoon
« on: August 14, 2006, 03:54:00 AM »
Typhoon Saomai (designated Typhoon Juan by PAGASA and Super Typhoon Saomai by the JTWC) was a powerful typhoon that affected areas of Taiwan and eastern China. It was the eighth tropical storm, fifth typhoon, and third super typhoon of the 2006 Pacific typhoon season recognized by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Saomai was the seventh tropical storm and fifth typhoon of the season. The name "Saomai" was submitted by Vietnam, and is from the Vietnamese word for "morning star" (sao Mai), a reference to the planet Venus.[3]
 The typhoon brought heavy rain and wind to areas of the Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Taiwan, and eastern China, and was responsible for at least 136 deaths and $1.5 billion (2006 USD) in damage. Saomai affected many of the same areas affected by Tropical Storm Bilis a month earlier, and Chinese forecasters described it as the most powerful typhoon to strike China since 1956

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