10th Anniversary of Tropical Storm Bilis

TRMM satellite pass showing heavy rainfall south of Bilis' center (NASA)

TRMM satellite pass showing heavy rainfall south of Bilis’ center (NASA)

On July 13, 2006, Severe Tropical Storm Bilis made landfall in northern Taiwan.  Although the maximum sustained winds were only 65 mph (105 km/hr), it brought heavy rains to the island and to northern Luzon.  It went on to make landfall on mainland China the next day and inundated parts of Fujian province.  The total damage caused by Bilis was approximately US$4.4 billion, killed nearly 860 people, and left over 400,000 people homeless.