Satellite image of Tropical Storm Greg near the state on December 25(Cristmas Day), 1996
Formed: December 24 , 1996
Subsided: December 27, 1996
The maximum speed wind: 85 km / h (50 mph)
(Average 1 minute)
Lowest pressure: 991 hPa (mbar)
Deaths: 238 (102 lost)
Damage: $ 280 million (1996 USD value)
Areas affected: Nearly the whole of Sabah
A tropical disturbance formed in the south china sea on the evening of December 20, in the middle of Vietnam near the sea in the northwest of Sabah. On December 23, the weather disturbance continues to grow with the ongoing process of convection. Tropical disturbance was reported by 'JWTC' (Joint Typhoon Warning Center) in Tropical Weather Important Advice on December 21 at 2.00 pm Malaysian time.
On December 24 at 12.00 pm, "JTWC '(JointTyphoon Warning Center) issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert when satellite images indicate visible and microwave convection order unity in this system. This weather system is given status as a tropical depression by 'JTWC' (JointTyphoon Warning Center) on December 24 at 2.00 pm. Malaysian Meteorological Department on 25th December at 1.00 am issued a warning of heavy rain and strong winds are expected to affect the western Sabah and Labuan for 24 hours.
At 8.00 am, a tropical depression reaches tropical storm status, as the reaction northwest monsoon wind speed increase. At this time Greg highest wind speed recorded of 45 knots (51.78mph-83.34 km / h) and the speed is maintained until the tropical storm makes landfall in Sabah for the first time. Early morning december 26 between the hours of 3:00 to 4:00 am, the storm really hit the entire area of Kudat before the storm Sandakan.
After that, the storm entered the Sulu Sea, and the agency began to lowering status ‘JTWC’(JointTyphoon Warning Center) storm became a tropical depression at 6:05 coordinate ° N 118.80 ° E on December 26, at 2:00 pm.Winds of 40 knots (75 km / h) were recorded. Wind speed of a tropical depression is getting weaker when entering the waters of the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea to enter the area.
This unusual phenomenon
Tropical cyclone is very-very rarely hit Malaysia. Any system of tropical cyclones in the South China Sea will generally move in the Indochina region. In addition, the movement of this storm from 8 ° N 110 ° E to 3 ° N 126 ° E which persists unbelievable. This has to do with climate change. Storms will come much more powerful than the 20th century attack on terrestrial.