HAGATNA, Guam – The growing typhoon in the Pacific Ocean is moving toward the Mariana Islands and can squeeze Guam with heavy winds, rain and surfing this weekend.
The US National Weather Service of the United States in Guam reports a Wutip typhoon packing a wind speed of 100 mph (161 kph) and will continue to intensify through Saturday. The storm was about 480 miles (772 kilometers) south-east of Guam's harbor.
Typhoon warnings remain in place for parts of the Federated States of Micronesia, and tropical storms warning in force for Guam and other neighboring islands. Typhoon is expected to track south of Guam from Saturday to Sunday.
"When it is near Guam, (wind) will be up to 1
Wutip has a typhoon-driven wind extending 56 km from the center and tropical storm winds up to 150 miles (241 km). Antoninet Arriola, an 48-year-old schoolgirl, was doing laundry as part of her storm dasgs. "After the storm is over, many people are going to wash it here, so we wanted to do it before."
She said she had started her typhoon preparations earlier this day. "We took off the canvas from our home that covered where we parked and we also bought some cans such as sausage, spam, corn, batteries, crackers, bread. We recently bought a small freezer so that we could put our ice and frozen Mystery there. "
Tyron Kuinat, 23, bought coffee as the first preparation for a storm, adding batteries to his flashlights and the radio." I think we will be fine, "he said.
29-year-old Chris Barcinas, a heavy-duty operator, filled up his pickup with gasoline, saying he was not concerned about typhoon. "I am ready. Guam is strong. We know that the tattoo, "said Bercinas," if this happens, I hope everyone will be safe and have a good time at the typhoon, "added Bartzinas.
The peak season for typhoons in the region is late in the summer. In the autumn, but strong storms in the winter are not
"The West Pacific is the only basin on the planet that has tropical cyclones all year round," said meteorologist Tom Birchard of the National Weather Service in Honolulu. "This is somewhat unusual, but not outside waiting area. "
What was unusual in Wutip, said Birchard, was where the but it was formed.
"He formed at a very low latitude," said Birchard. "When you go to school and they teach you tropical meteorology, they say that you have to be more than 5 degrees from the equator to form a tropical cyclone . Well, it's formed about 3.5 degrees north. "
Western wind bursts in the area are often associated with the weather conditions of El Niño and can help create a double storm – one on
Last week the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration announced that El Niño conditions were formed in January along the equatorial Pacific region and are expected to continue in the spring in the northern hemisphere
. The temperature of the sea surface near the equator, where the storms form, are slightly higher than average, but temperate A tour of the ocean around and ahead of Wutip, where the storm will gain strength in the next two days, is not warmer.
"With climate change, there may be areas where the temperature of the ocean is warmer than usual and this can lead to increased drilling," said But "I saw research on both sides of this argument," noting that some studies have argued that tropical cyclones may be smaller in warmer climates, due to an increase in vertical luminaires that may interfere with the rotation of tropical cyclones.
I'm looking for a primary mechanism of formation in this case, it will be less anomalous to the surface temperature of the sea, and more western winds burst along the equator, – he said.
The correspondent of the Associated Press Caleb Jones is reported with Honolulu.