Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Typhoon Maysak as Seen From Space

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.

Paul Stanko of the National Weather Service said super Typhoon Maysak packed winds of 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) when it passed north of the Yap State atolls of Ulithi and Fais in the Federated States of Micronesia early Wednesday. There have been no reports of casualties in Yap.

11 PHOTOS
Super Typhoon Maysak
See Gallery
Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines
This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .
Looking down into the eye - by far the widest one I’ve seen. It seemed like a black hole from a Sci-Fi movie #Maysak http://t.co/hmdBStaY6r
This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .
This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .
This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .
More views of the eye- this was about 12 hours ago at sunrise, local time. Unbelievable. #Maysak http://t.co/9Z6obnSVjh
The eye of #Maysak typhoon really stands out early in the morning with the shadow being cast deep into the vortex http://t.co/SodkijMt7O
Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitor and plot the direction of super typhoon Maysak at PAGASA headquarters in suburban Manila on April 1, 2015. The typhoon has already ravaged the Pacific islands and is expected to hit the Philippines this weekend. Government weather forecasters are hoping it will weaken before it slams into the northern part of the archipelago which is already frequently battered by typhoons. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitor and plot the direction of super typhoon Maysak at PAGASA headquarters in suburban Manila on April 1, 2015. The typhoon has already ravaged the Pacific islands and is expected to hit the Philippines this weekend. Government weather forecasters are hoping it will weaken before it slams into the northern part of the archipelago which is already frequently battered by typhoons. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitor and plot the direction of super typhoon Maysak at PAGASA headquarters in suburban Manila on April 1, 2015. The typhoon has already ravaged the Pacific islands and is expected to hit the Philippines this weekend. Government weather forecasters are hoping it will weaken before it slams into the northern part of the archipelago which is already frequently battered by typhoons. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

"When the typhoon passed this morning winds were still strong for people to go out and government officials to conduct assessments," Andrew Yatilman, director of Yap State Office of Environment and Emergency Management, told The Associated Press by telephone.

Wilfred Robert, the chief of staff for the Chuuk State governor, and member of the Chuuk Emergency Coordinating Central Committee, said four deaths, a child and three adults, were reported as casualties of Maysak. Earlier Wednesday, Micronesia public information officer Marz Akapito reported the preliminary death toll of five in a radio broadcast, according to the Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam.

Chuuk State is comprised of the main island, Weno, 15 neighboring islands, and 24 outer, flat coral atolls. Robert said two of the deaths were from the main island of Weno, and one each from Faichuk and Upper Murtlock Islands.

Robert said there were minor injuries reported, but none required hospitalization. He said damage was still being assessed by boat in lagoon islands, which are 7 to 30 miles away from the capital of Chuuk State, which is in Weno island. It could take until the weekend to complete a full report.

"Many breadfruit and mango trees were down, fallen," Robert said. "Even taro patches, which are the main source of food, is in danger. "People in remote villages and neighboring islands will need food."

Robert predicted that food could run out by Friday for many islanders in the lagoon islands.

The typhoon, which was upgraded to a super typhoon Tuesday afternoon when it passed Yap, moved into the open sea and is headed toward the Philippines.

In Manila, the weather bureau reported that Maysak's sustained winds weakened Wednesday from 215 kph (134 mph) to 190 kph (118 mph) and could still weaken as it approaches the country's eastern coast. The typhoon, currently with gusts of nearly 140 mph was still 1,165 kilometers (723 miles) away from the eastern Philippines and may still be dangerously powerful when it hits land, likely on Saturday or Sunday if it doesn't change course, Filipino forecasters said.

The approaching typhoon has threatened summer holiday plans in the largely Roman Catholic Philippines, where large number of Filipinos would travel to home provinces and resorts during the Lenten holidays starting Thursday.

The 120,000-strong military went on full security alert Wednesday in the northern Philippines, which is expected to be struck by Maysak, and ordered its forces to be ready to respond to contingencies.

More on AOL.com:
Medieval remedy found to kill MRSA superbug
Oil prices edge lower as Iran talks extend beyond deadline
Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

Read Full Story

People are Reading