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Still typhoon is expected to beat Guam with gusty wind, rain

HAGATNA, Guam – A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading towards the Mariana Islands and can beat Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend. US National Weather Service in Guam Reports Typhoon Wutip was packing 100 mph (161 kph) winds and will continue to intensify until Saturday. The storm was about 480 miles (772 kilometers) southeast of Guam on Friday. Typhoon alerts remain in place for parts of Micronesia's federal states, and tropical storm alerts apply to Guam and other nearby islands. The typhoon is expected to trace just south of Guam from Saturday to Sunday. "When it is near Guam, the wind will be up to 1 15 km / h, but we will not see it on the island" meteorologist Michael Ziobro of the National Weather Service in Guam. Wutip has typhoon power winds that extend about 56 miles from its center and tropical storm forces win up to 150 miles (241 kilometers) away. Antoninette Arriola, a 48-year-old school assistant, did laundry as part of her storm preparation. "After the storm is over, many people will be here, so we wanted to do it until then." She said she started her typhoon preparation earlier in the day. "We took off the tarp from outside our house covering where we park, and we also bought some preserves such as Vienna sausage, Spam, corned beef, batteries, crackers, bread. We recently purchased a small freezer so we can put ours. ice and frozen meat inside. " Tyrone Quinata,…

A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading towards the Mariana Islands and can beat Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.

US National Weather Service in Guam Reports Typhoon Wutip was packing 100 mph (161 kph) winds and will continue to intensify until Saturday. The storm was about 480 miles (772 kilometers) southeast of Guam on Friday.

Typhoon alerts remain in place for parts of Micronesia’s federal states, and tropical storm alerts apply to Guam and other nearby islands. The typhoon is expected to trace just south of Guam from Saturday to Sunday.

“When it is near Guam, the wind will be up to 1

15 km / h, but we will not see it on the island” meteorologist Michael Ziobro of the National Weather Service in Guam.

Wutip has typhoon power winds that extend about 56 miles from its center and tropical storm forces win up to 150 miles (241 kilometers) away.

Antoninette Arriola, a 48-year-old school assistant, did laundry as part of her storm preparation. “After the storm is over, many people will be here, so we wanted to do it until then.”

She said she started her typhoon preparation earlier in the day. “We took off the tarp from outside our house covering where we park, and we also bought some preserves such as Vienna sausage, Spam, corned beef, batteries, crackers, bread. We recently purchased a small freezer so we can put ours. ice and frozen meat inside. “

Tyrone Quinata, 23, bought coffee as his first storm preparation. He added batteries to his flashlights and radio. “I think we’ll be fine,” he said.

Chris Barcinas, 29, a heavy equipment operator, filled his pickup truck with gasoline. He said he was not worried about the typhoon.

“I’m ready. Guam is strong. We know which typhoons are,” Barcinas says. “If it comes, I hope everyone stays safe and they have a good time during the typhoon,” Barcinas added.

The high season for typhoons in the region is late in the summer to fall but strong storms in the winter are not rare.

“The Western Pacific is the only pool on the planet that has tropical cyclones all year round,” said meteorologist Tom Birchard of the National Weather Service in Honolulu. “It’s a bit unusual, but it’s not outside the expectation area.”

As it was unusual for Wutip, Birchard said, where it was formed.

“It was formed at a very low latitude,” Birchard said. “When you go to school and they learn tropical meteorology, they say you have to be more than 5 degrees from the equator for a tropical cyclone to form. Well, it was about 3.5 degrees north.”

A western wind Burst near the equator spun up Wutip shortly after the same winds formed tropical cyclone Oma in the southern hemisphere, Birchard said.

Western winds in the area are often associated with El Nino weather patterns and can help create twin storms – one on

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that El Nino conditions had been formed in January along equatorial and expected to continue to spring in the northern hemisphere.

The temperatures of the sea near the equator where the storms are formed are slightly above average, but the sea temperatures around and before Wutip, where the storm will gain strength over the next two days, are not warmer than normal, Birchard said.

“With climate change, there may be areas where sea temperatures are warmer than normal and this can lead to increased storming,” Birchard said. But “I’ve seen research on both sides of that argument,” and notes that some studies claim that there may be fewer tropical cyclones in warmer climates due to increased vertical sheer, which may interfere with the rotation of tropical cyclones.

“If I am looking for the primary formation mechanism in this case, it would be less of the ocean temperature anomaly and more of the western wind is bursting along the equator,” he said.

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Associated Press correspondent Caleb Jones reported from Honolulu.

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