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The 2020 Pacific typhoon season is an ongoing event of which when typhoons form in the Pacific Ocean. The season lasts all year, although most tropical cyclones form between May and October. The season's first tropical cyclone formed on May 10, making it the sixth-latest start in the basin on record.

Typhoon Vongfong (Ambo), the season’s first storm, became a Category 3 typhoon and struck the Philippines, causing extensive damages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Season summary

This table summarizes all the systems that developed within or moved into the North Pacific Ocean, to the west of the International Date Line during 2020. The tables also provide an overview of a system's intensity, duration, land areas affected and any deaths or damages associated with the system.

Name Dates active Peak classification Sustained
wind speeds
Pressure Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths Refs
Vongfong (Ambo) May 8 – 18 Typhoon 155 km/h (100 mph) 960 hPa (28.35 inHg) Palau, Philippines, Taiwan &10000000050000000000000$50 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05
Nuri (Butchoy) June 10 – 14 Tropical storm 75 km/h (45 mph) 996 hPa (29.41 inHg) Philippines, South China &10000000000000000000000 Unknown &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01
Carina July 11 – 15 Tropical depression Not specified 1004 hPa (29.65 inHg) Philippines, Taiwan &10000000000000001000000 Minimal &10000000000000000000000 None
TD July 27 – 29 Tropical depression Not specified 1010 hPa (29.83 inHg) None &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Hagupit (Dindo) July 30 – August 5 Typhoon 130 km/h (80 mph) 975 hPa (28.79 inHg) Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, East China, Korean Peninsula, Kamchatka Peninsula &10000000411000000000000$411 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017
Sinlaku July 31 – August 3 Tropical storm 75 km/h (45 mph) 985 hPa (29.09 inHg) South China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar &10000000012940000000000$12.9 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04
Jangmi (Enteng) August 6 – 11 Tropical storm 85 km/h (50 mph) 994 hPa (29.35 inHg) Philippines, Ryukyu Islands, Korean Peninsula &10000000001000000000000$1 million &10000000000000000000000 None
06W (Gener) August 9 – 13 Tropical depression 55 km/h (35 mph) 1012 hPa (29.88 inHg) Bonin Islands, Ryukyu Islands &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Mekkhala (Ferdie) August 9 – 11 Severe tropical storm 95 km/h (60 mph) 992 hPa (29.29 inHg) Philippines, Taiwan, East China &10000000159000000000000$159 million &10000000000000000000000 None
Higos (Helen) August 16 – 20 Severe tropical storm 100 km/h (65 mph) 992 hPa (29.29 inHg) Philippines, South China, Northern Vietnam &10000000142503089000000$143 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07
Bavi (Igme) August 21 – 27 Typhoon 155 km/h (100 mph) 950 hPa (28.05 inHg) Philippines, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Korean Peninsula, North China &10000000001000000000000$1 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01
Maysak (Julian) August 27 – September 3 Typhoon 175 km/h (110 mph) 935 hPa (27.61 inHg) Philippines, Japan, Korean Peninsula, Northeast China &10000000100000000000000$100 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&032.&&&&&032
Haishen (Kristine) August 31 – September 9 Typhoon 185 km/h (115 mph) 920 hPa (27.17 inHg) Mariana Islands, Northeast China, Japan, Korean Peninsula &10000000100000000000000$100 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04
12W September 10 – 12 Tropical depression 55 km/h (35 mph) 1006 hPa (29.71 inHg) Japan &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Noul (Leon) September 14 – 19 Tropical storm 85 km/h (50 mph) 994 hPa (29.35 inHg) Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam &10000000175200000000000$175 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018
Dolphin (Marce) September 19 – 24 Severe tropical storm 110 km/h (70 mph) 975 hPa (28.79 inHg) None &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Kujira September 26 – 30 Severe tropical storm 110 km/h (70 mph) 980 hPa (28.94 inHg) None &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
TD September 27 – 29 Tropical depression Not specified 1000 hPa (29.53 inHg) None &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Chan-hom October 4 – 16 Typhoon 130 km/h (80 mph) 965 hPa (28.64 inHg) Japan &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Linfa October 9 – 12 Tropical storm 75 km/h (45 mph) 996 hPa (29.41 inHg) Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar &10000000767446735000000$767 million &&&&&&&&&&&&0197.&&&&&0197
Nangka (Nika) October 11 – 14 Tropical storm 85 km/h (50 mph) 990 hPa (29.23 inHg) Philippines, South China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar &10000000016940000000000$16.9 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04
Ofel October 13 – 16 Tropical depression Not specified 1002 hPa (29.59 inHg) Philippines, Vietnam, Laos &10000000027900000000000$27.9 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010
Saudel (Pepito) October 18 – 26 Typhoon 140 km/h (85 mph) 965 hPa (28.50 inHg) Philippines, South China, Vietnam &10000000015180000000000$15.2 million &10000000000000000000000 None
20W October 19 – 23 Tropical depression 55 km/h (35 mph) 1008 hPa (29.77 inHg) None &10000000000000000000000 None &10000000000000000000000 None
Molave (Quinta) October 23 – 29 Typhoon 155 km/h (100 mph) 950 hPa (28.05 inHg) Philippines, Spratly Island, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia &10000000660000000000000$660 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&071.&&&&&071
Goni (Rolly) October 26 – November 6 Typhoon 220 km/h (140 mph) 905 hPa (26.72 inHg) Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos &10000000392000000000000$392 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026
Atsani (Siony) October 29 – November 7 Severe tropical storm 95 km/h (60 mph) 994 hPa (29.35 inHg) Mariana Islands, Philippines, Taiwan, South China &10000000000101000000000$101 thousand &10000000000000000000000 None
Etau (Tonyo) November 7 – 11 Tropical storm 85 km/h (50 mph) 992 hPa (29.29 inHg) Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia &10000000034846788000000$34.8 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03
Vamco (Ulysses) November 8 – 15 Typhoon 155 km/h (100 mph) 950 hPa (28.05 inHg) Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand &10000000285000000000000$285 million &&&&&&&&&&&&&074.&&&&&074
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