Eye of Typhoon “Mawar” grazes northern Guam with Category 4 force

ty mawar 06z may 24 2023 f

The southern eyewall of Category 4 Typhoon “Mawar” grazed the northern tip of Guam at around 08:00 UTC on May 24, 2023, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h (140 mph). This made Mawar the 15th typhoon of at least Category 4 intensity to pass within 110 km (70 miles) of Guam in records since WWII.

Typhoon “Mawar” has made its closest point of approach to Guam, with most of its eye passing through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota. Its southern eyewall, however, grazed the northern tip of the island, near Anderson Air Force Base.

The typhoon caused widespread power cuts, affecting 98% of Guam Power Authority customers, and a major internet outage.

Landon Aydlett, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Guam, said Mawar’s winds were so fierce that the building the weather service office is in was vibrating.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation,” he said. “There will be a swath of tornado-like damage.”

ty mawar 06z may 24 2023 bg
ty mawar 06z may 24 2023 bgz
Typhoon “Mawar” at 06:00 UTC on May 24, 2023. Credit: JMA/Himawari-9, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

As Mawar moves away from the islands, the conditions will improve and damage assessments begin.

YouTube video
YouTube video

After moving away from Guam, Mawar is expected to peak at Category 5 Super Typhoon strength in the Philippine Sea, before it weakens near northern Philippines, Taiwan, and southern Japan (Ryukyu Islands).

typhoon mawar jtwc fcst track 09z may 24 2023

Featured image: Typhoon “Mawar” at 06:00 UTC on May 24, 2023. Credit: JMA/Himawari-9, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers


Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:

  • Treat others with kindness and respect.
  • Stay on topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
  • Do not use abusive or hateful language.
  • Do not spam or promote unrelated products or services.
  • Do not post any personal information or content that is illegal, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *