Typhoon Mawar flips cars, cuts power on Guam as scope of damage emerges in US Pacific territory

The Laelae River in Umatac, Guam, becomes swollen with the addition of rain runoff resulting from increased shower activity as Typhoon Mawar approaches the region on May 23, 2023. (Rick Cruz/The Pacific Daily via AP)

Associated Press

Powerful Typhoon Mawar is churning slowly over the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, lashing the island with wind and rain, tearing down trees, walls and power lines, flipping cars, and pushing dangerous storm surge ashore as first-responders wait for daylight to see the extent of the damage.

The typhoon, the strongest to hit the country of roughly 150,000 people since 2002, briefly made landfall Wednesday night as a Category 4 storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Videos posted on social media showed fallen trees, a flipped pickup truck, solar panels flying through the air, and storm surge and waves crashing through coastal reefs. The early scope of the damage has been difficult to ascertain

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