Typhoon Mawar Heads Toward Guam

Typhoon Mawar continued to strengthen in the Pacific on Monday as the authorities in Guam urged residents to prepare and remain out of the water.

A typhoon warning was in effect for Guam, a U.S. territory, and Rota, a nearby island, the National Weather Service said. Damaging winds were expected within the next 24 hours, through at least Wednesday night.

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 Weather Service in Guam. He said Mawar had not yet developed a true eye but that it was expected to strengthen to a Category 3 typhoon with sustained winds of 115 m.p.h.

The storm is expected to continue to strengthen and intensify, and forecasts project that it will reach Guam on Wednesday morning.

The biggest impacts of the storm are going to begin Tuesday evening and peak in the overnight hours into Wednesday, Mr. Bukunt said.

As the storm approaches the islands, its winds are “going to pick…

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This article was written by Eduardo Medina and Claire Fahy and originally published on www.nytimes.com