Super Typhoon Mawar exits Guam, heads toward Philippines

By Marisol Bo-oc | 08:19 PM May 25, 2023

After hitting Guam, Typhoon Mawar continued to strengthen on Thursday night as it headed west across the Pacific Ocean toward the Philippines, Taiwan and, possibly, Japan.

Exactly where and when it might threaten people again was unclear.

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.

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.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), 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.

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