Heavy winds and rain pummel northern villages, Extreme Wind Warning extended
Typhoon Mawar’s closest point of approach to Guam made our island community - especially the northern villages of Yigo and Dededo - aware of the awesome power of Mother Nature. The storm has been pummeling the two northernmost municipalities with high winds and rain since 7pm, as the system exhibited its most-damaging impacts as it passes about 15 miles northwest of the tip of Andersen Air Force Base and Ritidian.
Howling winds around 115 miles per hour with gusts as high as 140 MPH are reportedly being felt as far south as the Micronesia Mall. And damaging conditions due to the extensive rainfall and typhoon-force winds are being experienced throughout Guam.
A Typhoon Warning remains in effect for Guam and Rota, as Mawar is projected to veer slightly northwest, picking up speed as it moves away from the islands. The Extreme Wind Warning has also been extended to 10:45 tonight.
Mawar could possibly again attain supertyphoon strength as it makes its way out to sea and towards the Philippines.