Tropical storm warning issued for Guam as typhoon nears

Tropical storm warning issued for Guam as typhoon nears
Vicky Borja, 53, fills her one of her two five-gallon jugs from a water filtration facility at a strip mall in Tamuning, Guam on Friday, Feb. 22. Typhoon Wutip, as classified by the Japan Meteorological Association, is centered 220 miles west of Chuuk, Micronesia, or 520 miles southeast of Guam. Wutip is moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph and has sustained winds of 80 mph. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo)

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam remains under a tropical storm warning as a typhoon is expected to pass south of the Pacific U.S. territory.

The National Weather Service says Typhoon Wutip is 230 miles south of Guam Saturday, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (193 kph).

Wutip is a Category 3 typhoon as it tracks northwest. The weather service says the closest it will get to Guam is about 160 miles (257 kilometers) southwest on Saturday evening.

Residents are bracing for dangerous winds and surf. Shelters are open for those whose homes can’t withstand damaging winds.

Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Rota in the Mariana Islands and for Faraulep in Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. A tropical storm watch is in effect for other Northern Mariana islands.

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Kelleher reported from Honolulu.