Typhoon Vongfong Swipes Guam, Crosses Rota Island in Mariana Islands; ‘Devastating Damage’ Feared

The National Weather Service in Guam has warned of potentially disastrous impacts as Typhoon Vongfong crosses Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands while it continues to strengthen.
Based on data from the National Weather Service Doppler radar on Guam, the eye of Typhoon Vongfong passed near or…

The National Weather Service in Guam has warned of potentially disastrous impacts as Typhoon Vongfong crosses Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands while it continues to strengthen.

Based on data from the National Weather Service Doppler radar on Guam, the eye of Typhoon Vongfong passed near or over Rota between 3 and 4 a.m. local time Monday (1 and 2 p.m. EDT Sunday).

By 5 a.m. local time, the eye of Vongfong was 40 miles northwest of Rota, or 70 miles north of Guam, and speeding away to the west-northwest at 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds are still 105 mph, the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane.

In a series of statements issued since Sunday morning local time (Saturday evening U.S. East Coast time), the NWS office repeatedly warned that “devastating damage is expected” on the island of Rota, which lies about 45 miles northeast of Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth.

The bulletin, eerily reminiscent of one issued by the NWS New Orleans office before Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, includes these ominous descriptions of potential destruction from winds that were forecast to gust as high as 140 mph:

“Collapse of some residential structures will put lives at risk. Airborne debris will cause extensive damage. Persons or animals struck by the wind blown debris will be injured or killed. Electricity and water will be unavailable for days and perhaps weeks after the storm passes. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted. Fallen trees may cut off residential areas for days to weeks.”

The bulletin said the islands of Tinian and Saipan to the north, as well as Guam to the south, could expect damage of a less extreme nature.

Typhoon warnings remain in effect for both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Vongfong is following closely in the footsteps of Typhoon Phanfone, which passed near Guam as a tropical storm and is now affecting Japan as a strong typhoon.

Vongfong was first designated a tropical depression early Thursday, local time, and steadily gained strength as it approached Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. According to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Vongfong strengthened into a typhoon Saturday.

The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service in Guam says Vongfong now has maximum sustained wind speeds of 105 mph.

Vongfong will maintain a northwest track under the steering influence of a subtropical high pressure aloft to its north. Its relatively quick forward motion — around 20 mph — will take it quickly away from Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands over the next several hours.

With low vertical wind shear (change in wind speed and/or direction with height), impressive outflow (winds in the upper levels spreading apart from the center, favoring upward motion and thunderstorms) and warm western Pacific water, Vongfong will continue to intensify over the next several days.

Guam Impact

Vongfong’s center has passed near or over Rota Island, which is about 45 miles north-northeast of Guam.

Vongfong’s wind field has been growing, with tropical storm-force winds no more than 130 miles from the center, but typhoon-force winds are confined to within 35 miles of the center. Guam has experienced sustained tropical storm force wind with typhoon strength gusts at times.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for Guam due to heavy rain. Storm surge flooding and high surf are also threats with Vongfong as it passes through.

People in Guam and the Mariana Islands should remain in shelter and heed any instructions from local authorities.

After passing the Mariana Islands, Vongfong will then track over roughly the same patch of western Pacific water Typhoon Phanfone churned up.

It seems a good bet Vongfong will intensify into another formidable typhoon before potentially threatening parts of Japan late next week.

Once again it may come down to how sharp and soon a turn to the north and northeast occurs to determine if and how much of a strike Japan has to bear from this latest system late next week.

It is far too soon to speculate on potential impacts to Japan from Vongfong. Stay with The Weather Channel and weather.com for more on this potentially dangerous system.

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