Typhoon Mawar’s eye passed just to the north of Guam, but the eyewall has caused continuing strong gusts and torrential rainfall in the United States territory, according to CNN.The island is left gravely impacted by “winds with the force of a hurricane” as a direct result of the “strongest storm to impact Guam in decades,” which occurred recently.The Guam International Airport reported that the island had “sustained winds of 71 mph with a gust of 105 mph Wednesday evening.”The northern portion of Guam was under a severe wind warning until 10:45pm (8:45am ET) for winds that “could create tornado-like damage,” according to the report. The alert is in force until 10:45pm.
As the storm progresses towards the northwest, the northernmost third of Guam, which includes the village of Yigo, is being battered by the fiercest winds and the heaviest rains.”Mawar is now moving away from Guam,” the National Weather Service in Guam stated.Despite the fact that the eye of the storm has passed just to the north of an island that is 30 miles wide, power has been knocked out across the majority of the island.According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, the storm’s highest sustained winds were 140 miles per hour with gusts as high as 165 miles per hour at approximately 5 p.m., which is the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane.The National Weather Service in Guam issued a warning on Wednesday evening that advised residents to “treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to an interior room or shelter NOW!”
A statement made by Guam Power Authority on Facebook at approximately 6 p.m. local time stated, “Nearly all of Guam Power Authority’s circuits have been impacted by the storm, and only about 1,000 of its 52,000 customers still had electricity.””Guam Memorial Hospital is currently operating on power from a standby generator,” the statement continued.The authority will start working on restoration as soon as the winds have decreased to safe levels, according to the statement, which added further information.Earlier, on Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a typhoon warning for the island, in addition to warnings for flash floods and coastal floods, which were to remain in effect until Thursday morning.
4.Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
On Tuesday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam issued an executive order demanding the evacuation of low-lying coastal areas in preparation for potentially catastrophic weather occurrences. The order was made in anticipation of the potential impact that these weather developments could have.
When the sea level begins to rise, inhabitants will have only a few minutes to leave their homes and take appropriate action. According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, “we must therefore prepare now and anticipate the worst.”Typhoon Mawar brought torrential rainfall to the island of Guam, causing widespread drenching and heavy downpours. The storm, with its intense rainfall, resulted in significant precipitation across the region. The island experienced prolonged periods of heavy rain, leading to flooding in some areas and creating challenging conditions for residents and infrastructure.
The heavy rain caused concerns for potential flash flooding and landslides, prompting authorities to issue warnings and advisories to the public. Residents were advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel to ensure their safety during the inclement weather. Local authorities and emergency services were on high alert, ready to respond to any emergency situations that might arise due to the heavy rainfall.The rainfall associated with Typhoon Mawar not only caused immediate impacts but also had the potential to affect water levels in rivers and reservoirs, leading to long-term consequences such as water supply disruptions and damage to agricultural areas. The excess water accumulation also posed risks to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and buildings.