Super Typhoon Mawar imminent on Guam, expected to be Category-5 storm soon

As of 5:20 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2023, according to the Joint Information Center:

Super Typhoon Mawar’s passage very near or directly over Guam is imminent. Mawar is expected to strengthen further to a Category 5 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, with gusts approaching 200 mph. This is expected to occur prior to making landfall.

The triple threat of torrential rains that may result in landslides and flash flooding, catastrophic wind, and life-threatening storm surge, are expected for Guam, with potentially catastrophic coastal flooding for southeastern and southern portions of Guam. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued Executive Order No. 2023-03 yesterday, relative to the mandatory evacuation of low-lying coastal areas of Guam.

Typhoon conditions, with winds of 74 mph or greater, are likely to begin during the next few hours and increase through the morning. Intense eyewall winds are expected around between noon and 5:00 p.m., where maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, with gusts between 195 and 200 mph are likely.

[The video depicts Inalahan Pools at 1:30 a.m. today. It was sent to Kandit by former Gov. Carl Gutierrez, who received it from Inalahan Mayor Tony Chargualaf.]

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