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Typhoon Mawar – live: Super storm equivalent to category 5 on path to Philippines after hitting Guam

Typhoon Mawar has intensified into a super typhoon as it now heads to the Philippines, the state’s weather service said after a brief weakening of the storm after it passed over Guam.

The cyclone is currently packing winds of up to 185km per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230kph as it moves west-northwestward, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The typhoon passed through Guam yesterday which successfully weathered the storm, believed to be the strongest storm in years to hit the Western Pacific Island.

Mawar made landfall at local time 9pm but the island was battered by heavy rains and powerful winds of up to 240 kph for hours yesterday, that uprooted trees, blew away roofs, and brought the US territory to a standstill.

According to the Guam Power Authority, nearly all of the island’s 52,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages, with only 1,000 retaining electricity.

There are no reports of loss of life but damages such as localised flooding, fallen debris, and downed power lines have been reported.

Key points

  • Typhoon Mawar ‘reintensifies’ to super typhoon as it heads to Philippines

  • Philippines braces for intense rain over weekend

  • Residents left with power cut and flood damage as Guam weathers through strongest storm in years

  • Typhoon Mawar path: Eye makes landing in Guam before moving towards the Philippines

  • ‘The worst has gone by’: Guam governor urges people to remain cautious

Typhoon Mawar becomes 2023′s most intense storm

06:13 , Stuti Mishra

After rapid intensification, Typhoon Mawar has become the most intense storm of 2023, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC).

Mawar’s peak winds have surged to 175 mph, accompanied by gusts nearing 210 mph, JWTC said.

The typhoon has also surpassed the strength of any storm recorded in 2022 and now stands equivalent to a category 5 super typhoon.

These unprecedented wind speeds have brought the typhoon into the ranks of the five most powerful typhoons ever documented in the month of May.

Alaska being impacted by Super Typhoon Mawar

11:00 , Ariana Baio

Parts of Alaska are experiencing “fetches of moisture” due to Super Typhoon Mawar, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Anchorage.

The NWS in Anchorage tweeted on Thursday (25 May) showing satellite image of moisture patterns over the Pacific Ocean with Super Typhoon Mawar in the western Pacific Ocean.

Remnants of the storm can be seen near the western coast of Alaska.

“Alaska is being impacted by back to back tropical fetches of moisture. Note that the second fetch is actually connected to Super Typhoon Mawar. This satellite image is from 18z or 10 am AKDT today!” NWS wrote.

Typhoon Odette vs Typhoon Mawar

10:30 , Stuti Mishra

The Philippines, considered the most exposed country in the world to typhoons, is no stranger to the destruction of the storms.

In recent years, it has been repeatedly battered by heavy rains and destructive winds brought by typhoons that have left thousands dead and cost billions of dollars of damage.

As super typhoon Mawar now barrels to the archipelago, it is refreshing memories of the last strong typhoon the country was struck by, typhoon Odette.

Typhoon Odette, known outside of the Philippines as super typhoon Rai, was the second costliest typhoon in Philippine history behind Typhoon Yolanda.

It swept through 11 of the country’s 17 regions in December 2021, killing 410 people and leaving behind a trail of flattened homes, damaged farms, and other food sources, severely affecting people’s lives and livelihoods.

A resident stands on the remains of his wrecked house at a village in Dapa town on Siargao island (AFP/Getty)
A resident stands on the remains of his wrecked house at a village in Dapa town on Siargao island (AFP/Getty)

While typhoon Mawar has maximum one-minute sustained winds of 295kmh, typhoon Odette at category 5 scale recorded 280kmh of sustained winds.

Similar to Mawar, Odette also unexpectedly rapidly intensified into a category 5 super typhoon while approaching the Philippines.

Odette made landfall in the Philippines island of Siargao. While Mawar is expected to not make a direct landfall, the state weather agency PAGASA is not ruling out the possibility as the storm can take a southward turn from its projected path (see post below).

Typhoon classification systems

10:00 , Ariana Baio

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean, typhoons are classified based on their wind speed via the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) into three categories: typhoon, very strong typhoon and violent typhoon.

A typhoon is a tropical cycle that has sustained winds between 118-156 kilometers per hour. A very strong typhoon has sustained winds of 157-193 kilometers per hour. A violent typhoon has sustained wind speeds of over 194 kilometers per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration classified typhoons into two categories: a typhoon or a super typhoon if sustained winds are over 241 kilometers per hour (150 mph).

Trajectory of Typhoon Mawar

09:34 , Stuti Mishra

After parts of Mawar passed over Guam, the storm is now headed west toward the Philippines and Taiwain, further intensifying and threatening to bring heavy rains and gusts of wind.

Originating about 865km south of Guam, the typhoon battered the Pacific Island US territory on Wednesday.

It began moving westwards and is now expected to move toward the northern part of Luzon, Philippines and Taiwan.

The map shows the projected path of typhoon Mawar (Google)
The map shows the projected path of typhoon Mawar (Google)

While the current projections show it may not make a direct landfall in the Philippines, the state weather agency PAGASA is not ruling out the possibility (See post below).

The weather agency said the storm can take a southern turn from its projected path and can make a landfall in the northern region of Luzon.

However, the chances of that happening are currently “slim”, according to Ana Clauren-Jorda, PAGASA weather specialist quoted by CNN Philippines.

It is currently located 622km west-northwest of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and has moved westward at 22kmh (12 knots) over the past six hours towards the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR).

However, the rapid intensification of the typhoon, after it weakened while it struck Guam, has worried experts with PAGASA stating it can reach its peak within the next 24 hours.

Jim Yang, a researcher at the China Meteorological Association, said in a Twitter post it was possible that parts of the typhoon would make landfall in China.

Mr Yang added that Mawar can “maintain high intensity for 2 to 3 days”.

Timelapse video shows Mawar rolling into Guam

09:00 , Ariana Baio

How strong is Typhoon Mawar?

08:58 , Stuti Mishra

Typhoon Mawar's re-intensification over the last few hours has worried experts as it barrels its way towards the Philippines after battering Guam.

In an advisory issued by Philippines states weather agency PAGASA at 11am local time, it said Mawar now has maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometres per hour (kmh) near the centre, and gustiness of up to 260 kmh.

However, the storm is expected to intensify further, reaching its peak intensity within 24 hours, according to the PAGASA.

With the current wind speed, Mawar is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. It was designated as a "violent typhoon" by the Japanese Meteorological Association yesterday.

Mawar is expected to bring heavy rains that may trigger flooding or rain-induced landslides over northern Luzon region of the Philippines by late Sunday or on Monday next week.

It is currently located 622 km west-northwest of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and has moved westward at 22 kmh (12 knots) over the past 6 hours towards the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to satellite data.

NASA shares satellite image of Mawar over Guam

08:00 , Ariana Baio

Mawar 'may further intensify' says Philippines weather forecaster

07:30 , Stuti Mishra

The state weather agency of the Philippines said Mawar has “slightly intensified” while moving westwards over the Philippines sea”.

Mawar is moving westward at 20 kph and was last located 1,740 kilometres east of southeastern Luzon, PAGASA said in its latest update.

Weather forecaster Dan Villamil told CNN Philippines that Mawar is currently at 215 kph near the centre and gustiness of up to 265 kph.

However, its maximum sustained winds "may further intensify" to reach 220 kph, he noted.

This comes after the agency yesterday issued a notification that the cyclone has regained its status of a “super typhoon”.

Likelihood of Mawar making landfall in China increasing

07:00 , Stuti Mishra

Jim Yang, a researcher at the China Meteorological Association indicated the likelihood that Typhoon Mawar makes landfall in China is increasing in a Twitter post.

“If it lands in Fujian, it will become the first typhoon in history to land in Fujian in May,” Jim Yang wrote.

Attached to the tweet was a photo of the predicted strike probability of Typhoon Mawar.

“If Mawar finally lands in Taiwan, it will become the first typhoon to land in Taiwan in May in 33 years.

In another post, the researcher said noting the increased intensity of Mawar: “What’s more difficult is that Mawar will maintain high intensity for 2 to 3 days.”

No deaths reported in Guam

06:00 , Ariana Baio

No deaths or significant injuries were reported in Guam after super Typhoon Mawar hit the island on Wednesday and Thursday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero told CNN.

Though the typhoon did leave much of the island damaged with many residents without power or clean water.

As the storm hit Guam, its strength was equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of up to 165 miles per hour.

Super Typhoon equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane

05:00 , Ariana Baio

Typhoon Mawar path

04:00 , Ariana Baio

Typhoon Mawar has made landing on the US territory of Guam, leaving extreme damage and power outages behind.

Andrea Blanco and Ariana Baio report:

Eye of Typhoon Mawar makes landing in Guam before moving towards the Philippines

Parts of Guam without clean water

03:00 , Ariana Baio

Parts of Guam are without clean water as of Thursday after Typhoon Mawar damaged water wells, pump stations and water treatment plants on parts of the island, according to reports.

The Guam Waterworks Authority asked residents to boil water due to possible bacterial contamination in the water until further notice.

Islandwide, resident are reporting water outages according to a report from the Guam Pacific Daily News. Specifically affected areas include Tamuning, Nimitz Hill, Agat, Santa Rita, Yona, Talofofo, Cross Island Road, Talofofo and Inarajan.

Guam Waterworks Authority General Manager, Miguel Bordallo, said there is no estimate for when service will be restored

“Reduced production capacity is unable to keep up with the demand, and therefore cannot rebuild reservoir levels,” Mr Bordallo told Guam Pacific Daily News.

Residents left with power cut and flood damage

02:00 , Ariana Baio

Guam successfully weathered the strongest storm in years as Typhoon Mawar swept across the Western Pacific Island last night.

Mawar made landfall at local time 9pm but the island was battered by heavy rains and powerful winds of up to 240 kph for hours yesterday, that uprooted trees, blew away roofs, and brought the US territory to a standstill.

According to the Guam Power Authority, nearly all of the island’s 52,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages, with only 1,000 retaining electricity.

Despite the intense conditions, the island managed to avoid significant damage.

There are no reports of unusual incidents in hospital emergency rooms, and the overall impact included moderate damages such as localised flooding, fallen debris, and downed power lines.

Identical twin meteorologists guide Guam through Typhoon Mawar

01:00 , Ariana Baio

As typhoon Mawar aimed its fury at Guam, residents facing terrifying winds and crashing waves from the strongest storm to hit the US Pacific territory in decades had identical twin meteorologists to keep them informed — and to provide the outside world with a glimpse of the chaos unfolding on the remote island.

Identical twin meteorologists guide Guam through Typhoon Mawar

What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?

Friday 26 May 2023 00:00 , Ariana Baio

Typhoons and hurricanes are from the same weather phenomenon known as a tropical cyclone, but the difference in names can sometimes confuse people.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs.

If the storm is in the North Atlantic, central North Pacific or eastern North Pacific, it is called a hurricane.

If the storm occurs in the Northwest Pacific it is called a typhoon.

But in the South Pacific or Indian Ocean, generally, it is called a tropical cyclone.

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

Thursday 25 May 2023 23:00 , Ariana Baio

Authorities in Guam warned anyone not living in a fully concrete house to head to safety elsewhere, and emergency shelters began to fill as residents braced for Super Typhoon Mawar, a powerful storm that delivered the biggest hit in two decades to the US territory in the Pacific.

As the global average temperature increases and sea levels rise, tropical cyclones - the catch-all term for hurricanes and typhoons - are expected to become stronger and the damage more catastrophic, scientists say. (In the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season starts on 1 June.)

Louise Boyle and Ethan Freedman report:

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

American Red Cross responds to Super Typhoon in Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 22:30 , Ariana Baio

The American Red Cross said it was helping those affected by the Super Typhoon in Guam in a press release posted on Wednesday.

“The Red Cross has relief items on the island and staged in strategic locations in preparation for the storm, including water, shelf-stable meals, clean-up kits, tarps and hygiene supplies,” the Red Cross said.

“Nationally, a disaster leadership team is on Guam and as many as 200 trained disaster workers and more emergency supplies will be deployed to the island as soon as travel is possible.

The Red Cross will work with officials to coordinate the relief response, supporting sheltering and feeding operations, damage assessment and distribution of relief supplies.”

Mawar is strongest typhoon to hit Guam since 2002

Thursday 25 May 2023 22:00 , Ariana Baio

Super Typhoon Mawar is the strongest typhoon to pass near Guam, causing destruction and flooding, since Super Typhoon Pongsona in December 2002.

Super Typhoon Pongsona was equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane when the eye of the storm narrowly passed by Guam with 150 miles per hour winds.

Dededo, Guam receives 22 inches of rain overnight

Thursday 25 May 2023 21:30 , Ariana Baio

At 6pm on Wednesday evening, Dededo, Guam had received 4.15 inches of rain as the island prepared for Super Typhoon Mawar to nearly make landfall.

By 6am on Thursday, Dededo recorded 26.8 inches of rain, according to USGS.

The storm approached Guam equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, dumping rain and powerful winds on it.

Alaska being impacted by Super Typhoon Mawar

Thursday 25 May 2023 21:00 , Ariana Baio

Parts of Alaska are experiencing “fetches of moisture” due to Super Typhoon Mawar, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Anchorage.

The NWS in Anchorage tweeted on Thursday (25 May) showing satellite image of moisture patterns over the Pacific Ocean with Super Typhoon Mawar in the western Pacific Ocean.

Remnants of the storm can be seen near the western coast of Alaska.

“Alaska is being impacted by back to back tropical fetches of moisture. Note that the second fetch is actually connected to Super Typhoon Mawar. This satellite image is from 18z or 10 am AKDT today!” NWS wrote.

Super Typhoon Mawar: Worst storm to strike US Pacific in two decades barrels into Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 20:31 , Ariana Baio

Typhoon Mawar has barrelled into Guam with hurricane-strength winds of up to 150mph, plunging residents into darkness.

The typhoon made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm at around 9pm local time on Wednesday night, bringing with it heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge, the National Weather Service said.

Andrea Blanco and Rachel Sharp reports:

Typhoon Mawar, worst storm to strike US Pacific in two decades, barrels into Guam

Typhoon Mawar headed toward Taiwan and northern Philippines

Thursday 25 May 2023 20:17 , Ariana Baio

Super Typhoon Mawar is expected to move more north toward Taiwan and the northern part of Luzon, Philippines, according to predictions.

Around 8pm local time on Thursday, the centre of the storm was approximately 195 miles northwest of Guam, according to The New York Times.

The storm intensified to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane as it exited from Guam.

It is expected to lose intensity as it gets closer to Taiwan and the Philippines.

Typhoon Mawar is strongest storm of 2023

Thursday 25 May 2023 19:30 , Ariana Bio

So far this year, Typhoon Mawar is the strongest tropical cyclone to exist.

With 10-minute sustained winds of 121 miles per hour and gusts of up to 173 miles per hour, according to the JMA, the typhoon is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane at the moment.

Scenes from Guam show destruction from typhoon

Thursday 25 May 2023 19:00 , Ariana Baio

Videos and photos posted on Twitter show the destruction left behind by Typhoon Mawar in Guam.

The storm, which contained sustained wind speeds of 140 miles per hour and wind gusts of up to 165 mph, was equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.

Although no deaths or major injuries have been reported, thousands of Guam residents are left without power or water. Guam Water Authority and Guam Power Authority are working to restore power and water as quickly as possible.

WATCH: Typhoon Mawar intensify into super typhoon

Thursday 25 May 2023 18:30 , Ariana Baio

Typhoon classification systems

Thursday 25 May 2023 18:00 , Ariana Baio

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean, typhoons are classified based on their wind speed via the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) into three categories: typhoon, very strong typhoon and violent typhoon.

A typhoon is a tropical cycle that has sustained winds between 118-156 kilometers per hour. A very strong typhoon has sustained winds of 157-193 kilometers per hour. A violent typhoon has sustained wind speeds of over 194 kilometers per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration classified typhoons into two categories: a typhoon or a super typhoon if sustained winds are over 241 kilometers per hour (150 mph).

Parts of Guam without clean water

Thursday 25 May 2023 17:30 , Ariana Baio

Parts of Guam are without clean water as of Thursday after Typhoon Mawar damaged water wells, pump stations and water treatment plants on parts of the island, according to reports.

The Guam Waterworks Authority asked residents to boil water due to possible bacterial contamination in the water until further notice.

Islandwide, resident are reporting water outages according to a report from the Guam Pacific Daily News. Specifically affected areas include Tamuning, Nimitz Hill, Agat, Santa Rita, Yona, Talofofo, Cross Island Road, Talofofo and Inarajan.

Guam Waterworks Authority General Manager, Miguel Bordallo, said there is no estimate for when service will be restored

“Reduced production capacity is unable to keep up with the demand, and therefore cannot rebuild reservoir levels,” Mr Bordallo told Guam Pacific Daily News.

Timelapse video shows Mawar rolling into Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 17:00 , Ariana Baio

Likelihood of Mawar making landfall in China increasing

Thursday 25 May 2023 16:30 , Ariana Baio

A researcher at the China Meteorological Association indicated the likelihood that Typhoon Mawar makes landfall in China is increasing in a Twitter post.

“If it lands in Fujian, it will become the first typhoon in history to land in Fujian in May,” Jim Yang wrote.

Attached to the tweet was a photo of the predicted strike probability of Typhoon Mawar.

“If Mawar finally lands in Taiwan, it will become the first typhoon to land in Taiwan in May in 33 years.

No deaths reported in Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 16:15 , Ariana Baio

No deaths or significant injuries were reported in Guam after super Typhoon Mawar hit the island on Wednesday and Thursday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said to CNN.

Though the typhoon did leave much of the island damaged with many residents without power or clean water.

As the storm hit Guam, its strength was equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of up to 165 miles per hour.

Pictures: Heavy winds, uprooted trees and residents heading for shelters as storm battered Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 16:00 , Stuti Mishra

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What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?

Thursday 25 May 2023 15:30 , Ariana Baio

Typhoons and hurricanes are from the same weather phenomenon known as a tropical cyclone, but the difference in names can sometimes confuse people.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs.

If the storm is in the North Atlantic, central North Pacific or eastern North Pacific, it is called a hurricane.

If the storm occurs in the Northwest Pacific it is called a typhoon.

But in the South Pacific or Indian Ocean, generally, it is called a tropical cyclone.

WATCH: Video shows winds picking up as Typhoon Mawar made landfall in Guam

Thursday 25 May 2023 15:00 , Stuti Mishra

Identical twin meteorologists guide Guam through Typhoon Mawar

Thursday 25 May 2023 14:30 , Stuti Mishra

As typhoon Mawar aimed its fury at Guam, residents facing terrifying winds and crashing waves from the strongest storm to hit the US Pacific territory in decades had identical twin meteorologists to keep them informed — and to provide the outside world with a glimpse of the chaos unfolding on the remote island.Read more:

Identical twin meteorologists guide Guam through Typhoon Mawar

Typhoon Mawar to be named 'Betty' once it reaches Philippines

Thursday 25 May 2023 14:00 , Stuti Mishra

Typhoon Mawar, which is heading towards the Philippines now after battering Guam, will be given the local name "Betty", once it enters the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR), local officials have said.

Mawar is currently packing winds of up to 185 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kph as it moves west-northwestward at 15 kph, according to Philippines state weather agency.

It is expected to pass close to the northern Philippines tomorrow night or on Saturday.

Typhoon Mawar now a 'violent typhoon'

Thursday 25 May 2023 13:30 , Stuti Mishra

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has upgraded Mawar into a “Violent Typhoon”, a category stronger than super typhoon.

The agency said the typhoon now has 10-minute sustained winds of 195 kmh with gusts of 280 kmh.

A violent typhoon is the highest category used by the JMA to classify tropical cyclones.

'Like a freight train going on outside': Residents describe overnight horror as Typhoon Mawar passed

Thursday 25 May 2023 13:00 , Stuti Mishra

Residents in Guam were battered by heavy winds and rains all throughout the day yesterday. But as the strongest typhoon to hit the territory crept slowly over the island at night, the horror intensified.

The winds sent solar panels flying, ripped roofs off homes and crumbled part of a hotel's exterior wall to the ground, according to videos posted on social media.

At what felt like its peak intensity, the winds screeched and howled like jets, and water swamped some homes, residents say.

Leah del Mundo, who spent the night with her family in their concrete home in Chalan Pago, in central Guam told The Associated Press they tried to sleep but were awakened "by violent shaking of the typhoon shutters and the whistling strong winds."

"It's not our first rodeo," she told the news agency via text message. "We've been through worse. But we brace ourselves for the cleanup, repairs, restoration afterwards."

Winds peeled back the roof of Enrique Baza's mother's house in Yona, allowing water to damage everything inside.

“My mom’s house didn’t escape.”

Enrique Baza

"My mom's house didn't escape," he said, adding that his mother stayed with him in his concrete home during the storm.

He drove around in a pickup truck looking for supplies to repair his mother's roof, but most stores were without power and only accepting cash. Many wooden or tin homes he passed were badly beaten or collapsed.

"It's kind of a shock," he said.

In Tumon, on Guam's northeastern shore, winds tore a granite countertop from a hotel's outdoor bar and tossed it into the air. Guests scrambled to stack chairs to brace the doors, and windows buckled and creaked.

"It was like a freight train going on outside," said Thomas Wooley, who recounted how wind and rain pushed through the aluminium shutters of his family's concrete home overlooking Tumon Bay.

When day broke, he found their outdoor china cabinet toppled and its contents shattered on the ground. A chainsaw-wielding relative helped clear downed branches.

"We've got tons of work to do," Mr Wooley said.

Guam's weather service office in Tiyan said it would shut down operations in the morning for workers to get home to families and assess damage at their homes. Counterparts in the Honolulu office took over their duties.

In photos: Flooded homes, flipped vehicles and shredded trees as Guam residents begin cleanup

Thursday 25 May 2023 12:30 , Stuti Mishra

The waters of the Hagatna River overflows its banks and encroaches into the Bank of Guam parking lot in Hagatna (AP)
The waters of the Hagatna River overflows its banks and encroaches into the Bank of Guam parking lot in Hagatna (AP)
An overturned truck lies on a street in Yigo, Guam (AP)
An overturned truck lies on a street in Yigo, Guam (AP)
Typhoon Mawar topples full-grown trees onto cars in Guam (Tobias Alejandro via REUTERS)
Typhoon Mawar topples full-grown trees onto cars in Guam (Tobias Alejandro via REUTERS)
A building is flooded in Hagatna, Guam (AP)
A building is flooded in Hagatna, Guam (AP)
Downed tree branches litter a neighborhood in Yona, Guam (AP)
Downed tree branches litter a neighborhood in Yona, Guam (AP)

Typhoon Mawar ‘reintensifies’ to super typhoon as it heads to Philippines

Thursday 25 May 2023 08:00 , Stuti Mishra

Mawar has “re-intensified” into a super typhoon as it now heads to the Philippines, the state’s weather service said after a brief weakening of the storm after it passed over Guam.

The cyclone is currently packing winds of up to 185km per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230kph as it moves west-northwestward, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The typhoon passed through Guam yesterday which successfully weathered the storm, believed to be the strongest storm in years to hit the Western Pacific Island.