Typhoon Molave

Pacific typhoon in 2020

Typhoon Molave, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Quinta, was a powerful typhoon that impacted the Philippines and later Vietnam in October 2020, becoming the strongest to strike Vietnam since Typhoon Damrey in 2017.[1]

Typhoon Molave (Quinta)
Typhoon (JMA scale)
Category 3 typhoon (SSHWS)
Typhoon Molave, moving westward at West Philippine Sea
FormedOctober 23, 2020
DissipatedOctober 26, 2020
Highest winds10-minute sustained: 155 km/h (100 mph)
1-minute sustained: 205 km/h (125 mph)
Lowest pressure950 hPa (mbar); 28.05 inHg
Fatalities61 deaths, 56 missing
Damage$117.9 milyon (2020 USD)
Areas affectedPhilippines, Spratly Islands, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia at Thailand
Part of the 2020 Pacific typhoon seasons

The eighteenth named storm and eighth typhoon of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season, Molave started from a tropical depression that formed on October 23 east of Palau.

At 15:00 UTC the next day, the depression was upgraded into Tropical Storm Molave as it moved northwestward. Molave soon became a typhoon on October 25 as it turned west, shortly before making landfall on the San Miguel Island in Albay, with another in Malinao, San Andres, Torrijos and Pola.[2]

After striking the Philippines, Molave entered the South China Sea and began to become more violent. Molave strengthened into a powerful Category 3 typhoon later that day, before weakening again as it approached Vietnam. The typhoon struck Vietnam on October 28, before rapidly weakening as it headed further into Indochina.


  1. "Tropical Cyclone Information". Japan Meteorological Agency. October 24, 2020. Archived from the original on October 25, 2020. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  2. Miwil, Olivia (October 28, 2020). "Saudel and Molave pose danger to Sabah maritime community". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.