Violent typhoon Mawar pounds Guam

Violent typhoon Mawar battered the US territory of Guam on Wednesday and Thursday. One of the most powerful storms to hit the island in decades cut power lines, leaving it without electricity.

Torrential rain and strong winds brought by the super typhoon caused flooding and damage in residential areas. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported among the 170,000 islanders. But some 700 people are staying in shelters.

NHK spoke to a woman whose home in central Guam was flooded. Park Kelly said it's the worst storm she's seen in over 40 years living on the island.

She said she spent eight hours bailing water out of her house.

Meanwhile, weather officials in the Philippines expect northern Luzon to bear the brunt of Mawar. The government is preparing disaster response and humanitarian aid measures.