Super Typhoon Maysak will continue to get stronger throughout the next 12-24 hours as it begins to make its way westward across the Pacific Ocean. Even though it is passing to the North of Yap, flooding and damaging winds are still a strong possibility.
The typhoon first developed into a tropical storm on Friday while it was passing across Micronesia, which is to the southeast of Guam. This system is only continuing to get stronger and it will continue to pose a series threat as it moves towards the Philippines this week.
Maysak caused severe damage to the island of Chuuk this past weekend, delivering torrential rains and damaging winds as the eye of the storm moved directly over the island. It is reported that over 10 inches of rain fell in under six hours.
A director with the National Emergency Management Office of the Federated States of Micronesia reported that there were extremely severe damages from this storm in Chuuk, with houses completely destroyed and many possible casualties.
The next island that will be affected by Maysak is the island of Yap, which is very populated. This will occur on Tuesday night and will continue on into Wednesday morning, with some lingering after-effects on Wednesday afternoon.
This is very close to when the typhoon will reach its peak, and the sustained winds are expected to be 180 mph or greater, which is equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. Wind gusts as high as 220 mph are even a possibility. Fortunately for residents of this populated island, gusts at about 100 mph are most likely.
This system will bring with it major wind damages and extreme flooding. This is a very powerful cell and it will bring life-threatening conditions to the island for 12 to 24 hours. Luckily, the conditions will improve on Wednesday night as the storm begins to move out of the area.
After this cell passes through Yap, it will then begin to become influenced by a wind shear as it moves across the western Philippines Sea. Meaning, it will then begin to weaken as it approaches the Philippines.
Even though it will experience a weakening trend, it could still be a dangerous typhoon or tropical storm as it begins to affect the eastern Philippines next weekend. This storm will most likely have a central or northern track, which brings the threat for flooding rainfall and damaging winds. The impacts from Maysak will be felt in Manila by Sunday or Monday, but it will be limited to tropical downpours which can cause some localized flooding.
This storm will continue to weaken as it moves through the Philippines and even though it will cross the Philippine Sea, there are no signs that it will re-strengthen, and it will most likely dissipate after moving out of the Philippines.