Guam hit by strongest ‘Super Typhoon’ in decades

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 09:03 in Earth & Climate

Visible satellite image of Super Typhoon Mawar on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. At the time, Mawar had sustained 1-minute winds of 155 mph. NOAA/RAMMB/Colorado State University Typhoon Mawar pelted Guam with heavy rain and the strength of a Category 4 hurricane over about two days. The storm was upgraded to a ‘Super Typhoon’ when it reached maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour as it moved north of the island. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the  US territory of about 150,000 people on Tuesday May 23. [Related: What hurricane categories mean, and why we use them.] According to the National Weather Service Guam, the storm had Category 4-level winds of about 140 miles per hour just before midnight local time on Wednesday May 24 as it passed over Guam....

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