DISCUSSION: Just over 15 years ago today, there was a very impressive tropical cyclone event which came to be over the South China Sea. This somewhat unusual event was observed by way of Typhoon Vamei forms in the South China Sea (or about 100 miles north of the Equator). Vamei was the first recorded tropical cyclone in history to develop within 1.5 degrees of latitude (or within about 104 miles) from the position of the equator. Needless to say, when this storm made landfall back on December 27th of 2001, there were severe impacts felt across northeastern sections of the Malaysian state of Johor. In all, five people lost their lives and more than 13,000 people in that region were forced to evacuate ahead of the storm's landfall which ultimately saved thousands of additional lives in the process. This certainly was an event which will forever go down in history across Oceania and beyond.
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