By Adam Douty – AccuWeather
Typhoon Maysak will continue to strengthen, becoming a strong typhoon before bringing life-threatening conditions to Yap Tuesday night.
Maysak first developed into a tropical storm on Friday while located across Micronesia, southeast of Guam. The storm has continued strengthening since and will remain a large and dangerous typhoon as it tracks westward toward the Philippines this week.
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 6 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.
Yap will be the next significantly populated island to be hit by Maysak. The close encounter, or even landfall, is expected to happen Tuesday night, local time. with lingering impacts into Wednesday.
Maysak will be close to peak intensity at this time with sustained winds expected to be 190 kph (120 mph) or greater, equivalent of Category 3 hurricane. Gusts as high as 240 kph (150 mph) are possible.