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    Typhoon In-fa to Approach Super Typhoon Strength

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    November 22, 2015, 6:05:24 AM EST

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    Guam escaped the worst impacts of powerful Typhoon In-fa as it passes by to the south early on Saturday, local time. The strength of Typhoon In-fa is currently equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic oceans, but additional strengthening could bring the typhoon to near-super typhoon strength by early next week.

    Despite the additional strengthening, threats to countries along the western Pacific will remain small as an eventual turnaway from the Philippines and Japan is expected early next week.


    The outer rain bands of In-fa swept across Guam on Friday night and on Saturday bringing bouts of heavy rain and gusty winds. Wind gusts peaked at 70 kph (44 mph) at Andersen Air Force Base on Saturday morning. Although rainfall was briefly heavy, most areas received less than 25 mm (1.00 inch).

    Guam Weather Center
    West Pacific Tropical Weather Center
    Interactive Guam Weather Satellite

    In-fa will continue to track northwest, away from Guam into Monday before slowing and turning north and eventually northeast next week keeping it away from Japan and over the open Pacific Ocean. During this time, In-fa is expected to near super-typhoon intensity.

    Eventually, In-fa will likely be pulled into another storm system to the east of Japan and have no further impacts on land.

    Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister and Adam Douty.

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