17 Jul 2002

Super Typhoon over Marshall Islands,and Guam watches to see if it head it's way

5:08 pm on 17 July 2002

The Marshall Islands are on typhoon alert as the Micronesian region braces itself for i's third typhoon in two weeks.

Bruce Best from the weather and communication service, PeaceSat in Guam says a typhoon with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour is currently moving below Wake Island, north of the Marshall Islands.

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has called the typhoon "Fengshen" and says it is currently moving west towards open waters.

Mr Best from PeaceSat says Guam is monitoring the typhoon as it could head toward the US territory and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

"Right not we have one that is brewing and cooking through the Northern Marshall Islands right now. It's in open water so we're not taking in any devastation at the moment but we're watching it. We're hoping that it stays in open water but it is heading towards the west at the moment which is directly at us. So we're watching it apprehensively, hoping that it burns itself out or moves to the north before it hits the Mariana Islands."

Bruce Best says another typhoon is expected to hit the Northwest Pacific in the coming weeks.

Two week ago Guam was hit by Typhoon Chata'an, which had earlier killed 47 people in Micronesia's Chuuk Islands.

A week later the region was affected by Tyhoon Halong.

The Guam government preliminary assessment of damage to buildings and services from the first two typhoon has been set at 39.2 million US dollars.