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Maysak has rapidly intensified overnight and is now a Category 4 Typhoon. The system was last located approximately 380km east northeast of Yap or about 520km southwest of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are now at 230kph with gusts of up to 280kph. Typhoon Maysak is currently moving westward at 25kph.
The National Weather Service in Guam has now issued a Typhoon Warning for the State of Yap. Winds of up to 75mph (120kph) are expected across Yap while winds of up to 250kph (155mph) are forecast across the small atolls of Ulithi and Fais beginning tonight. Storm surges of up to 25feet are also possible. Residents are strongly advised to coordinate with local officials and seek shelters away from the shore.
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IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Maysak with its symmetrical and cloud-free eye surrounded by strong and deep convective activity. Radial outflow remains excellent as well and feeder bands continue to enhance Maysak's intensity. Short-term forecasts suggest that Maysak may reach a peak intensity of Category 5 Super Typhoon later this evening, just as it moves near the island of Yap.
Please watch our Video Update below for more information on the system's impacts and where it will head next:
We'll have another update later tonight. Stay safe!