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Mawar is a typhoon in the Western Pacific Ocean. The storm brought significant impacts to the island of Guam.
Mawar’s destruction in Guam included 14-29 inches of rain being dumped on the island, with almost 7 inches per hour being recorded in Dededo.
After being the strongest storm to strike Guam in 20 years on May 24, Mawar intensified and is now headed towards the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan, where it is expected to hit Sunday.
On Friday, May 26, the storm was designated as the most powerful in the last two years, since Super Typhoon Surigae in 2021, and has ranked as one of the top ten most powerful storms globally since 2000.
Mawar is also an uncharacteristically strong storm for this early in the year, with only nine typhoons in the Western Pacific measuring the equivalent of a category 5 strength in May since 1950, including Mawar.
The wind speed at Mawar’s eye wall was estimated at 185 mph on May 26. This maximum wind speed is the second time a global storm has been measured at this strength in May, other than Typhoon Phyllis in 1958.
For more detailed forecast information, visit the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
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Tropical Storm Mawar brings heavy rain and winds to Okinawa, Japan.
Mawar drifts north in the Philippine Sea as a weakening typhoon.
Super Typhoon Mawar churns over the Western Pacific Ocean as a Category 5 storm.
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Super Typhoon Mawar regains its powerful and impressive eye.
Typhoon Mawar regains strength after passing west of Guam.
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A high resolution view of Super Typhoon Mawar’s powerful, churning eye.
Super Typhoon Mawar approaches Guam as a powerful storm.