Landslides, flash flooding warnings as typhoon passes over Guam

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reporting two people are injured but there are no reports of casualties.

The US National Weather Service said the slow-moving category 4 storm delivered rainfall of up to 5cm per hour overnight.

The weather service said that Mawar could produce landslides, flash flooding and life-threatening storm surges.

"Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to an interior room or shelter NOW!," the weather service in Guam warned on Wednesday evening.

People in Guam, Marianas told to seek shelter as typhoon approaches

A typhoon warning is in effect for Guam and Rota Island in the Northern Marianas, while a tropical storm warning is in effect for Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas.

RNZ Pacific reports sustained winds are expected to reach 225km/h with gusts reaching 282km/h during Wednesday.

Landon Aydlett from the weather service said the typhoon had dropped in strength from maximum sustained winds of 250km/h to 225km/h.

The decrease in wind speed changed Mawar's status from a super typhoon to a category four typhoon.

Marianas, Guam bracing as typhoon bears down

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center said the storm, named Mawar, has strengthened to typhoon status and the Marianas will see tropical storm conditions, which may last 12 to 18 hours reports RNZ Pacific.

As of 2am local time on Monday, the centre of Tropical Storm Mawar was moving north-northwest at 13k/ph, and is expected to make a slight turn.

As a result of the approaching typhoon, a flood watch, small craft advisory, and high surf advisory are in effect until Thursday.

Micronesian Games delayed due to issues with facilities

It's the second time the Games have had to be postponed with the event due to take place in July-August 2022 pulled due to ongoing uncertainty about covid-19 and restricted travel in the region.

In a letter to member island nations of the council, secretary general Joey Miranda said that after recommendations from the Marshall Islands government and other stakeholders involved, they concluded that the quadrennial event can't be delivered on the July 2023 date.

Guam confirms 22 more Covid-19 cases

Of those cases 180 are classified as civilians, and 42 are military service members, including the 22 confirmed by the Department of Defense on Saturday.

The government says there are 44 active cases in Guam while 173 people have been released from isolation and there have been five deaths over the course of the outbreak.

The 22 latest positive results were identified through contact tracing among service members in a unit deployed to the Andersen Air Force Base after an initial spate of cases this week. There are now 35 infected people associated with the base.

Eleven more Covid-19 cases in Guam takes total to 165

Yesterday 64 samples were tested with 11 positive results returned.

The Governor's Press Secretary, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, said the public still needed to remain cautious.

"Please stay home. If you don't have to go out. Please stay home. Stop the spread and save lives," she said.

"The Joint Information Centre will have more information on these individuals, these new positive cases, when we receive the epidemiological profiles.

"Again 11 new cases brings Guam's Covid count to 165."

More Covid-19 cases recorded in Guam

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said out of 38 samples, two tested positive for the virus, and one other case was reported earlier from Naval Hospital.

Five people have died from the virus in the US territory.

Meanwhile, roadblocks across Guam will be lifted today.

Ms Leon Guerrero said the situation will be closely monitored after the roadblocks are lifted, and a test programme will be expanded.

Many restrictions on everyday life will remain.


139 Covid-19 cases now confirmed in Guam

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said one confirmed case was reported earlier on Thursday from US Naval Hospital Guam, and there is an additional probable case.

She said the US territory has 139 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Five people have died from the virus there.

126 people have recovered from Covid-19 in Guam.

Guam now has 135 cases of Covid-19

There are now 135 confirmed coronavirus cases in Guam.

Five people have died from the virus.

Governor Lou Leon Guerro said the Health Department tested 30 samples and all were negative.

But she says one postive case was reported from the Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

66 people have recovered from Covid-19 in Guam.


Guam confirms another Covid-19 case

Five people have died from coronavirus in Guam.

Governor Lou Leon Guerro said one case was reported as clinically diagnosed.

But she said out of 33 samples recently tested, zero cases were confirmed positive.

58 people people have recovered from the virus in the US territory.