Super Typhoon Mawar hit Guam as a Category 4 storm Wednesday, bringing hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, marking the strongest storm to hit the U.S. Pacific territory in decades.
Mawar was passing through the Rota channel clipping the northern part of Guam before 9 p.m. local time, with warnings in effect for winds of 115 mph or greater until 10:45 p.m. for tornado-like damage The typhoon's eye wall passed over the northern tip of Guam around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday evening with 145 mph winds, the National Weather Service said.
Mawar is located just 15 miles north, northeast of Guam moving to the northwest at 8 mph, according to the latest advisory.
"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation, Coordinator for the weather service/ livestream Landon Aydlett warned.
"Locals must take cover now away from windows, with conditions expected to gradually subside Thursday morning," he added.
Typhoon warnings were in place for Guam and Rota. Typhoon-force winds extended 50 miles from the storm's center, and winds with tropical storm force reached up to 140 miles from the center, the weather service said in an update.
Source: Kuwait News Agency