Typhoon Maysak 2015

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Typhoon Maysak was an unusually intense tropical cyclone responsible for extensive damage across the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), with Chuuk and Yap States suffering the brunt of its impact. Typhoon Maysak ripped through Yap state from March 31 to April 2, 2015, causing extensive damage throughout the islands including Ulithi Atoll, Satawal, Woleai, Fais, and many others.

The storm first struck Chuuk State on March 29, passing directly over the main island as a Category 1-equivalent typhoon. Two days after striking Chuuk, Maysak passed directly over Ulithi atoll and skirted Fais Island at peak intensity, resulting in extensive damage. According to Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, winds reached 210 km/h (130 mph) in Ulithi and 160 km/h (100 mph) on Fais. All structures on Ulithi not made of concrete were severely damaged or destroyed by Maysak’s powerful winds. Power and water supplies to Ulithi were completely lost during the storm. The entirety of the island’s crop were ruined by the typhoon’s storm surge, with early estimates indicating that it would be a full year before crops could be planted again.

Sources differ on the number of fatalities attributed to the cyclone, ranging from four to nine. The FSM Government itself reports that five fatalities resulted from the storm, all of which took place on Chuuk. According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a total of 29,000 people were directly affected by the storm and damage throughout the FSM amounted to $8.5 million.