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Guam Braces For Typhoon Mawar: ‘We Are In The Crosshairs’

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Typhoon Mawar

Typhoon Mawar, a monster Category 4 storm, was set to barrel into Guam on Wednesday as weather officials warned the island should prepare for a “direct hit.”

Authorities were urging residents of the U.S. island territory to move to higher ground and seek space in emergency shelters if there was any concern about the stability of their homes. The island’s governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, ordered those in flood-prone areas along the coast to evacuate Tuesday night.

“Current forecasts are not favorable to our island,” she said in an address Tuesday night. “We are in the crosshairs of Typhoon Mawar.”

By Wednesday afternoon, Mawar had maximum sustained wind speeds of 140 mph and was expected to maintain that intensity through the night as it shuffled toward the island, according to the National Weather Service. The typhoon is expected to be the biggest storm to hit Guam in two decades, and officials warned power or water service could be cut off to some areas for days or weeks.



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