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Taipei and the Philippines are hit by Typhoon Mawar as it approaches Japan

Taipei and the Philippines are hit by Typhoon Mawar as it approaches Japan
This satellite image released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows Typhoon Mawar approaching Philippine northern provinces Monday, May 29, 2023. (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology via AP)

Typhoon Mawar struck Taiwan’s eastern coast on Tuesday with wind, rain, and big waves but mostly avoided the island after sparing the northern Philippines. Slowly, the storm was approaching southern Japan.

Residents of the Taiwanese fishing town of Yilan secured their homes and boats against the stormy weather as waves crashed on the shore.

“I won’t be concerned. At this time, the typhoon won’t hit land. From the sea to Taiwan’s east, the typhoon will move northward. Its power has also diminished. Additionally, there are currently no winds or waves in the fishing port.

Owner of a fishing boat Wang Jian-chi said, “I don’t think it will have an impact on us. According to the coast guard, safety measures are being taken just in case.

“A high surf warning has been issued. Strong winds and waves are present. We sincerely hope that beachgoers will stay away from the embankment and beach at this time. 

As he and his team were patrolling the port, coast guard officer Wang Hsing-chieh said, “We will also send coast guard personnel to patrol the port to warn beachgoers.

Mawar, a slow-moving typhoon that struck Guam last week, has lessened in intensity, but forecasters in the Philippines warned that it is still dangerous due to its maximum sustained winds of 155 kph and gusts of up to 190 kph.

The Philippines’ Batanes province’s residents braced themselves for bad weather, but they were largely spared.

Juliet Cataluna, a Batanes provincial official in the coastal town of Ivana, told The Associated Press on her mobile, “I’m on the roof, but I’m not being blown away by the wind. “I hope we’ll actually be spared from losses to our homes, farms, and way of life.”

Ivana residents covered their glass windows with wooden boards and added sandbags to their tin roofs after learning from earlier predictions that Mawar would be more powerful. Cataluna added that she used sack cloth to wrap her avocados to prevent them from being blown off trees.

She claimed that town officials used motorcycles to deliver frequent typhoon updates; fortunately, Ivana has only experienced light rain and sporadic wind gusts.

The typhoon was offshore about 350 kilometres east of Basco, the capital of Batanes, and it is anticipated that by Wednesday it will turn northeast towards southern Japan.

Authorities in the Philippines cautioned against complacency, saying the risks from dangerous tidal surges, flash floods, landslides, and typhoon-enhanced monsoon rains remain until Mawar has safely blown away. Strong winds were still predicted for Taiwan.

According to the Office of Civil Defence, more than 3,400 villagers were still staying in emergency shelters in northern provinces, flights to and from Batanes were still being suspended, and more than 250 northern cities and towns had not yet resumed their regular school schedules.

A vacant wharf warehouse collapsed as a result of winds hitting the nearby Cagayan province on Monday, forcing more villagers to move to evacuation centres.

The strongest typhoon to hit Guam in more than 20 years, Mawar tore through the US Pacific territory last week, flipping cars, ripping off roofs, and knocking out power.

Source: ENT