Tropical Storm Mangkhut continues to intensify as it moves westward towards Guam as of Sunday, September 9. As of 00:00 (UTC), Mangkhut located approximately 1094 km (680 mi) east of Guam and moving at a speed of 37 km/h (23 mph). The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 104 km/h (65 mph) but is expected to become a typhoon by Sunday afternoon. A typhoon watch is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan, and coastal waters around the Mariana Islands. Mangkhut is forecast to reach Guam by Tuesday, September 11.
Individuals present in the abovementioned regions are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, obey instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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