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Guam about to be destroyed!

The 170,000 residents of U.S. territory Guam in the West Pacific were bracing Tuesday for a hit from Super Typhoon Mawar, which is now a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph.

Meteorologists say the typhoon could be the strongest in decades to impact Guam, bringing life-threatening flooding and the potential for damaging winds over the next few days.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday approved an emergency declaration for Guam as the storm approached. Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said on social media that the declaration will support the mobilization of resources into Guam, which is “especially crucial given our distance from the continental U.S."

“Current forecasts are not favorable to our island,” Guerrero said. “We are at the crosshairs of Typhoon Mawar. Take action now, stay calm, stay informed and stay safe.”

The U.S. military also sent away ships as the storm approached. Guam is a crucial hub for U.S. forces in the Pacific, and the Department of Defense controls about a third of the island. All ships were moved out to sea as a standard precaution, according to the Navy, and any personnel remaining on the island were sheltering in place. About 6,800 U.S. service members are assigned to Guam, according to the Pentagon.

If Guam doesn’t take a direct hit, it will be very close, said Patrick Doll, the lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam.

Authorities on the island territory warned anyone not living in a fully concrete house to head to safety elsewhere, and emergency shelters began to fill as residents braced for the arrival of Mawar.

Its center was about 90 miles southeast of Guam early Wednesday local time and was moving to the north-northwest, according to the weather service.

One weather model forecast shows the eye of Mawar going directly over Guam, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue. "Regardless of a direct passage, the impacts will be extreme, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane," Maue tweeted Tuesday.

A typhoon is the same type of storm as a hurricane. They are both tropical cyclones. The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs, according to the National Ocean Service.

Typhoons form in the western Pacific Ocean, while hurricanes form in the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

A typhoon becomes a "super" typhoon when its maximum sustained winds reach 150 mph. That's equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.

The weather service in Guam said Mawar was likely to cause "considerable damage to buildings and homes of light material. Extensive damage to non-concrete roof(s). Non-reinforced concrete walls could be blown down.

"Severe damage to well-built wooden and metal structures possible. Some reinforced hollow-spun concrete power poles and many reinforced wooden power poles could be downed. Solar panels could be damaged."

Guam and the nearby Northern Mariana Islands are no strangers to typhoons, said meteorologist Jeff Masters of Yale Climate Connections. According to the NOAA historical hurricane tracks website, during the 50-year period 1972-2021, "66 typhoons of category 1 or higher strength passed within 50 miles of the islands," Masters said.

"However, only six of these have occurred before June 1; four of these were of category 3 or higher strength. Thus, Typhoon Mawar is an unusually early typhoon for the islands," Masters said.

Guam is a U.S. island territory located in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean, nearly 3,800 miles west of Honolulu. Its residents are U.S. citizens, but they cannot vote for president and do not have a voting member in Congress.

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by Anonymousreply 23May 26, 2023 2:46 AM

good riddance

by Anonymousreply 1May 23, 2023 11:23 PM

What's a GUAM?

by Anonymousreply 2May 23, 2023 11:25 PM

The Mariana Islands are next to the Mariana Trench, a hole deeper than Erna's.

by Anonymousreply 3May 23, 2023 11:28 PM

It won't be missed.

by Anonymousreply 4May 23, 2023 11:29 PM

Island of 2 million snakes.

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by Anonymousreply 5May 23, 2023 11:47 PM

Guam used to be the home of the world’s most profitable Kmart. In fact, it’s still in business and thriving.

by Anonymousreply 6May 23, 2023 11:54 PM

Climate change.

by Anonymousreply 7May 23, 2023 11:55 PM

R2 what is a Dua Lipa?

by Anonymousreply 8May 23, 2023 11:56 PM

[quote] Guam used to be the home of the world’s most profitable Kmart. In fact, it’s still in business and thriving.

All the more reason to get rid of Quam.

by Anonymousreply 9May 24, 2023 12:01 AM

This time tomorrow KMart will be KOMart

by Anonymousreply 10May 24, 2023 1:04 AM

Lol R10.


by Anonymousreply 11May 24, 2023 1:48 AM

Thanks Kamala for creating this storm!

by Anonymousreply 12May 24, 2023 1:57 AM

Guam, bye!

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by Anonymousreply 13May 24, 2023 3:48 AM

Was Ben Affleck in this? Or Jake Gyllenhaal?.

by Anonymousreply 14May 24, 2023 4:28 AM

Is Guam gone yet?

by Anonymousreply 15May 24, 2023 4:56 PM

The latest from AP:

The slow-moving storm was battering the island with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (225 kph), and it was expected to intensify through Friday, the weather service said.

Videos posted on social media showed fallen trees, a flipped pickup truck, solar panels flying through the air, parts of a wall of a multistory hotel crumbling to the ground and exposing rebar, and storm surge and waves crashing through coastal reefs. The early scope of the damage was difficult to ascertain, with power and internet failures making communication with the far-flung island difficult to impossible as the storm carved an excruciatingly slow path.

by Anonymousreply 16May 24, 2023 7:27 PM

Guam destroyed. Hundreds of dollars of damage.

by Anonymousreply 17May 25, 2023 9:18 PM

Pray for Guam.

by Anonymousreply 18May 25, 2023 10:02 PM

[quote] Guam destroyed. Hundreds of dollars of damage.


by Anonymousreply 19May 25, 2023 11:38 PM

A Trump opportunity. He'll make a campaign stop there and throw paper towels.

by Anonymousreply 20May 26, 2023 12:06 AM

Did this storm get rid of the snake problem?

by Anonymousreply 21May 26, 2023 12:39 AM

Has anyone seen my husband?

by Anonymousreply 22May 26, 2023 12:49 AM

R22 Nate, it was time to get rid of Jeremiah and get something young and fresh. Plus the pants that he always wore were hideous.

by Anonymousreply 23May 26, 2023 2:46 AM
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