The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the center of the category 4 typhoon passed through the northern part of Guam, with wind speeds of up to 230 kilometers per hour.
The Guam Electricity administration announced that due to Mawar, one of the most severe typhoons to hit US soil in recent years, only 1,000 of the 52 thousand subscribers on the island were able to receive electricity.
While no injuries or casualties have been reported yet due to the disaster on the island with a population of 170,000, it was stated that it could take days or even weeks to reactivate electricity and water services.
After the NWS issued a flood and landslide warning, the Governor of Guam issued a decree on the evacuation of citizens living along the coastline.
“When sea level rises, there will be only a few minutes for residents to evacuate,” the governor’s office said in a statement. So we have to prepare now and consider the worst.” expression was used.
In addition, US President Joe Biden said that a state of emergency was declared on the island of Guam, the US overseas territory in the Pacific Ocean.
Authorities have warned that the typhoon will cause major damage to the inhabitants of the island and the infrastructure of the area.