(CNN) — Super Typhoon Mawar has left Guam and the island’s typhoon watch was lifted at 5 pm local time Thursday (3 am ET), according to the island’s president Lou León Guerrero.
So far there have been no deaths or serious injuries, Leon Guerrero told CNN on Thursday, adding that the typhoon left a lot of damage and flooding, but the situation was as serious as authorities feared, with much of the island’s infrastructure intact.
Strong winds are still in effect and the Governor is advising people to stay inside until conditions improve. The fly is expected to happen in the next few days, but not today.
The process of restoring power after the typhoon Guam Power (GPA) has begun, as reported in a statement Thursday. It reported Wednesday that only 1,000 of its approximately 52,000 customers have electricity.
Journalist Gina Reilly told CNN on Thursday from Barrigada in central Guam that the water supply was also disrupted.
“I’ve been here 20 years. This is the strongest experience I’ve had,” Reilly said.
Typhoon Mawar strengthens
Super Typhoon Mawar has strengthened away from Guam, and now has sustained winds of 265 km/h with gusts up to 320 km/h, according to the Typhoon Warning Center’s article. This makes Mawar a category 5 Atlantic hurricane.
Mawar is the fifth storm of this year so far of this intensity (winds of 252 km/h or more). On average, only five Category 5 hurricanes develop a year, meaning that by 2023 the year has already had these strong hurricanes, almost all of the Atlantic Pacific and typhoons and typhoons are still to come.
Mawar will move northwest from Guam, the northern Philippines and Taiwan, and is not expected to threaten land in the next few days. Additionally, reinforcement may occur in the next 12 to 24 hours and the disability is expected to be slower.