🌀💦”Hide Yo’ Kids, Hide Yo’ Wife, and Grab Your Surfboard: Typhoon Mawar Might Throw a Pool Party in Guam!🌪️🏝️”
TL:DR: Governor of Guam is like, “Chill out, but also prep up!” as Typhoon Mawar does its best Jaws impression, heading straight for the Pacific territory. Expected to crash the party on Wednesday, this Category 4 typhoon could deliver the biggest punch Guam’s felt in two decades. 📆🤔 Does Mother Nature need a time-out?
“Mother Nature RSVPs ‘Maybe’: Typhoon Mawar’s Pacific Pool Party”
Guam’s governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, is doing his best to keep almost 171,000 people from panic-buying all the toilet paper in the United States territory. In a YouTube video that probably could have used some dramatic background music 🎵, he called Typhoon Mawar “a real threat” and a potential bullseye on their island home.
And when’s this unwelcome guest expected to arrive? The weather guys are placing bets on midday Wednesday local time (or 02:00 GMT for all you time-zone aficionados). So what’s the dress code for this shindig? According to Patrick Doll, the lead meteorologist in Guam, think winds at a blistering 225 kilometres-per-hour (140 miles-per-hour). You may want to rethink the hat. 🎩🌬️
It’s been a hot minute since Guam had a party crasher this big – the last big bash was back in 2002. Doll warns that Mawar could leave more than just a mess in the bathroom, with “extensive damage” being a possibility. So, the big question: Will this be the sickest party Guam has seen in the last 20 years? Or will it just be a big headache the morning after?
The governor seems to be taking no chances, basically grounding everyone from 1pm (03:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Emergency sleepover spots (aka shelters) are ready, but will people take the warnings seriously? Do we ever?
Remember the classic pool party game, “how high can the waves get?” Well, this storm surge is anticipated to show off with 1.8 to 3 metres (6 to 10ft) above the normal high tide. And there are rumors it might even reach 4.6 metres (15ft). Surf’s definitely gonna be up 🏄♀️ in the next day or two along the south- and east-facing reefs. So, will this typhoon break the wave-height record or just be another wave in the ocean?
At local grocery and hardware stores, it seems like everyone’s stocking up for the apocalypse – or at least a long, typhoon-induced Netflix binge 🎬. Shopping carts are piled high with canned goods, cases of water and generators, because who wants to be left in the dark during the season finale?
The powers that be are suggesting that those not living in concrete homes should consider a temporary move. So the question remains, will we see a mass migration of wood and tin home dwellers or will they play a game of typhoon chicken? 🏠🌪️
Mother Nature, it seems, is bringing a whole entourage to this party. It’s not just Guam; Rota, another island in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is also invited. Even Tinian and Saipan are expected to feel the effects of the tropical storms. Poor guys, some of them are still camping out after Category 5 Super Typhoon Yutu in