Typhoon Wutip

Updated: 2/24/2019 2:13:04 AM
Wutip, the strongest ever super typhoon to churn in the western Pacific Ocean during February, is lashing Guam with flooding rain, strong winds and pounding seas. With its strength equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans, Wutip surpassed Higos from 2015 as the strongest super typhoon on record during the month of February in the western Pacific Ocean. While Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will escape a direct hit by the powerful super typhoon's most destructive winds and torrential rain, residents should not let their guard down. Since Guam will be the closest island Wutip tracks near, residents can anticipate to bear the worst conditions when compared to the Northern Mariana Islands.
Source: DORRIS

Published Sunday, February 24, 2019

The US National Weather Service said the typhoon continues to intensify and Wutip's maximum sustained winds have increased to 160 kph.

It is forecast to intensify through Friday night.

Typhoon-force winds extend outward from the centre up to 56 kilometres while tropical storm force winds extend outward from the centre up to 265 kms south of the centre and 185 kms north.

Saipan, Tinian, and Rota are currently under tropical storm watch, which means damaging winds over 60 kph or more are possible within the next 48 hours.

Families still living in tents due to Super Typhoon Yutu are being encouraged to pack them down as a precaution from the incoming storm.

The Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility has been officially opened and is accepting residents requiring immediate shelter. Several facilities remain on standby should the need for more shelters arise.

People are being advised to remain cautious and avoid shorelines until conditions improve.

Authorities said all inter-island travel should be avoided until winds and seas have subsided.

Schools and government offices also closed early this afternoon on Guam as the unseasonable typhoon continues to churn its way across Micronesian waters.

Guam's government also urged residents to prepare.

Warnings have also been issued for Yap and Chuuk in Federated States of Micronesia however the Tropical Storm Warning for Faraulep in Yap State is cancelled.
Source: DORRIS

Typhoon Wutip Facts

Power: 5
Affected Area: 1000 km.
Alert Level: Orange
Category: Met
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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