Typhoon-force winds were carried to the U.S. Pacific territory by a slow-moving storm.

Typhoon-force winds were carried to the U.S. Pacific territory by a slow-moving storm.

On Wednesday night, Typhoon Mawar moved close to Guam, bringing with it hurricane-force gusts, lightning, torrential rain, and severe power disruptions to almost the entire U.S. Pacific territory.

The Typhoon has hurricane-force winds of Category 4.

What is Typhoon?

A typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops between 180° and 100°E in the Northern Hemisphere.This region is referred to as the Northwestern Pacific Basin, accounting for almost one-third of the world’s annual tropical cyclones.

The northern Pacific Ocean is separated into three sections for organisational reasons: the eastern (from North America to 140°W), central (from 140°W to 180°), and western (from 180° to 100°E). Other tropical cyclone warning centres for the northwest Pacific are located in Hawaii (the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre), the Philippines, and Hong Kong. The Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for tropical cyclone predictions is located in Japan.

Reason of Typhoon?

The development and creation of typhoons are primarily dependent on a number of factors. It has to have warm enough sea surface temperatures, unstable atmosphere, high amounts of humidity in the lower to middle troposphere, enough Coriolis effect to create a centre of low pressure, an existing low level focus or disturbance, and minimal vertical wind shear.

“The island’s energy grid was providing power to only about 1,000 of its roughly 52,000 customers on Wednesday afternoon, and that it was too dangerous for repair crews to venture outside”, The Guam Power Authority.

Guam, an island roughly the size of Chicago that is located 1,500 miles east of the Philippines, is home to around 150,000 inhabitants who are accustomed to tropical storms.


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