Typhoon Mawar continued to strengthen in the Pacific on Monday as authorities in Guam urged residents to prepare and stay out of the water.
A typhoon warning was in effect for Guam, a US territory, and Rota, a nearby island. the National Weather Service said. Damaging winds are expected within the next 24 hours, at least through Wednesday evening.
Just before 6 p.m. local time, Mawar had maximum sustained winds of about 100 miles per hour, said Brandon Bukunt, a meteorologist with the Guam Weather Service. He said Mawar had not yet developed a true eye but was expected to strengthen into a Category 3 typhoon with sustained winds of 115 mph.
The storm is expected to continue to strengthen and intensify, and is forecast to reach Guam on Wednesday morning.
The storm’s worst impacts will begin Tuesday evening and peak overnight into Wednesday, Mr. Bukunt said.
As the storm approaches the islands, its winds will increase, Mr. Bukunt, and outer bands of rain could bring heavy downpours, increasing the chances of flooding, including on Guam, which is home to Andersen Air Force Base.
The difference between a typhoon and a hurricane is only in name and based on geography. Typhoon is used for tropical cyclones that develop in the northwest Pacific and affect Asia. Elsewhere, they are called hurricanes.
The system could make small oscillations, like a snake moving through the grass, said Patrick Doll, the Weather Service’s chief meteorologist. It may travel in a general direction, but you will have a wobble here and there. And the key will be, when this movement occurs and with what force, which will determine whether one takes a direct hit.
The weather service issued a high surf advisory early Monday, saying large breaking waves of seven to nine feet are building as Mawar approaches. Officials in Guam have also urged residents to stay out of the water.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam and Adm. Benjamin Nicholson put the island and its military bases on alert Saturday for potentially damaging winds, according to a statement from the base.
The statement added that all military installations on Guam are currently securing facilities and shelter residents are being asked to begin severe weather preparation efforts.
Typhoons can form throughout the year, but are most common from May to October.
Mawar, a Malaysian name meaning rose, is the second named storm in the Western Pacific this season. First, Tropical Storm Sanvuweakened in less than two days.
Lauren McCarthy AND Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed to the reporting.
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