By Eric Leister – AccuWeather
Super Typhoon Maysak, one of the strongest cyclones in history during the months of January, February and March, slammed several Micronesian islands and is on its way to the Philippines.
Maysak is expected to slowly weaken as it tracks away from Yap and toward the Philippines over the next several days, but will still pose a threat to the islands in its path.
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 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. Currently, Maysak has sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph), equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. Gusts as high as 390 kph (180 mph) are possible with this storm. Fortunately this storm is about 150 miles to the north of Yap and is moving away.