25 Scariest Typhoons to Ever Make Landfall

The recorded history of typhoons dates back for centuries. While we don’t know a lot about the first typhoons, we know plenty now.

We can now track where these typhoons go, and we can gain insights on how fast they travel. We know the wind speeds they produce and how much damage they can cause.

With weather conditions such as typhoons and hurricanes getting worse and worse, it’s important to remind ourselves just how destructive these events can be.

Today we look at some of the worst typhoons in history. Here are the 25 Scariest Typhoons to Ever Make Landfall.

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Typhoon Bess struck Japan in August 1982 and cut across the most populated areas of Japan.

By Mount Hidegadake, in Nara, a peak rainfall total of 42.4 inches, including 36.3 inches in just 24 hours. Super Typhoon Bess was responsible for $2.38 billion in damage and 95 fatalities.




Typhoon Jebi was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in Japan since Typhoon Yancy in 1993, causing significant damage in the Kansai region.

While the casualties were kept low Jebi still managed to do $12.8 Billion in damage. Making it the third most costliest typhoon in history, behind only Mireille and Hagibis. (We’ll get to those later)




When Typhoon Tokage hit in 2004 it was the most fatal typhoon to strike Japan since Typhoon Bess. Tokage was the last of three typhoons to impact Japan from September to October 2004.

A total of 18,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. Damages from the storm amounted to $2.3 billion.




Typhoon Karen was the most powerful typhoon that the island of Guam and is considered one of the islands most destructive events.

It destroyed 95% of all housing in Guam leaving over 40,000 people without homes. In the aftermath people had to be evacuated to Hawaii, California, and Wake Island because people had nowhere else to go.




Typhoon Forrest makes it mark on the history of Typhoons by being the fastest growing typhoons ever recorded.

It went from tropical storm status to fully fledged super typhoon in just under a day. It brought eleven inches of rainfall with it as it damaged over 40,000 homes.

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