Typhoon Maysak Heads for Philippines
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
April 02, 2015, 7:50:25 AM EDT
Typhoon Maysak, now downgraded from a super typhoon, will continue to move toward the Philippines over the next several days, posing a threat to the islands in its path.
Maysak continues to slowly weaken as it tracks away from Yap, one of the several Micronesian islands which felt its wrath in recent days.
Maysak first developed into a tropical storm on Friday, March 26 while located across Micronesia, southeast of Guam.
Maysak slammed the island of Chuuk over the weekend with damaging winds and torrential rainfall as the core of the storm moved directly over the island. More than 250 mm (10 inches) of rain was reported, most of which fell in under six hours.
Andrew Yatilman, director of the National Emergency Management Office of the Federated States of Micronesia, reported to Radio New Zealand that there was severe damage across Chuuk with roofs completely torn off homes and possible casualties.
Maysak has reached peak intensity and will slowly weaken over the next few days. As of midday Thursday, local time, Maysak had sustained winds of 210 kph (130 mph) and gusts as high as 260 kph (160 mph) are possible with this storm.
Maysak has begun to feel the influence of increasing wind shear as it tracks across the western Philippines Sea. This wind shear will continue to cause the typhoon to weaken as it approaches the Philippines.
Despite the weakening trend that is expected through the end of the week, Maysak could still be a dangerous typhoon or tropical storm as it begins to affect the eastern Philippines this weekend.
An eventual path into the central or northern Philippines is most likely, bringing the threat for flooding rainfall and damaging winds.
Impacts from the storm will arrive in Manila by Sunday or Monday; however, threats will be limited to tropical downpours which may cause some localized flooding.
Maysak will continue to weaken as it crosses the Philippines and even though it will move into the Philippine Sea, no restrengthening is expected and the cyclone will likely dissipate shortly after exiting the Philippines.
The storm was previously one of the strongest cyclones in history during the months of January, February and March.
Meteorologist Adam Douty contributed to this story.
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