TYPHOON HOMES IN ON YAP

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By Oyaol Ngirairikl

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 30) - Typhoon Nanmadol was expected to slam Yap and the state's surrounding islands last night.

Typhoon Nanmadol was expected to pass just north of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia last night, causing some disruption with flights.

The typhoon, named after ancient ruins in Pohnpei, was upgraded from a tropical storm at 10 p.m. Monday by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

At 7 p.m. Guam time yesterday, Nanmadol was moving west-northwest at 28 mph and located about 30 miles northwest of Yap. It was 535 miles west-southwest of Guam at the time.

Nanmadol had sustained winds of 85 mph with gusts to 105 mph.

According to the National Weather Service on Guam, Nanmadol is expected to continue moving in the same direction for the next 24 hours. It was just north of Yap proper at 6 p.m. yesterday.

"It's moving very fast, and very fast forward speed is not conducive to strength," Guam National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Middlebrooke said, adding that the typhoon's sustained winds increased by only 10 mph since Monday.

Wally Dias, Continental Micronesia staff vice president for marketing and sales, said CO891 departs Guam this morning and will fly directly to Palau without stopping in Yap.

A typhoon warning is in effect for several islands of Yap. A typhoon watch and a tropical storm warning were in effect for Kayangel and Koror, respectively, in the Republic of Palau, but were canceled at 8 last night. A typhoon warning for Fais also was lifted. However, the typhoon warning remained in effect for Yap, Ulithi and Ngulu. Typhoon force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles.

Guam should have received some rain last night, but rains should start to taper off by midmorning today, Middlebrooke said.

December 1, 2004

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