Tropical Cyclone Mawar intensified into a super typhoon on Friday, with winds peaking at 185 miles per hour, putting its strength at the same level as a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The storm has since weakened slightly and may fluctuate in intensity into the weekend. By the time the storm approaches the Philippines on Sunday, forecasters expect it to weaken further. Get the latest news on the storm here.
The storm is expected to turn gradually to the north 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 toward Taiwan or curve to the northeast away from the island.