Tropical Cyclone Mawar intensified into a super typhoon on Friday, with winds peaking at 185 miles per hour, putting its strength on par with a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The storm has since weakened slightly and could fluctuate in intensity over the weekend. By the time the storm approaches the Philippines on Sunday, forecasters expect it to weaken further. Get the latest storm news here.
The storm is expected to turn gradually northward as it approaches the Philippines, most likely missing the country. However, competing weather systems in the region could make it difficult for forecasters to further predict its path – possible routes could take it towards Taiwan or curve northeast away from the island.