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Typhoon Francisco drenches Guam, heading to Japan

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GUAM (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The governor of Guam has shut down the government and closed island schools in anticipation of dangerous weather today.

At 3:20 p.m. Hawaii time, Typhoon Francisco was 125 miles west of the island and was moving northwest at 10 mph. 

Francisco is a category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts to 120 mph.

The National Weather Service said the storm unexpectedly maintained its strength as it brushed the eastern edge of the island. 

Forecasters said sustained winds of 40 mph are expected to continue, with gusts above 50 mph. The storm is dropping heavy showers across the island.

United Airlines announced that a number of inbound and outbound flights have been canceled. According to forecasters, the weather threat should pass Guam by 7 p.m. Hawaii time today.

The typhoon is then expected to strengthen and maintain a track toward Japan. The storm could reach category 4 strength and threaten Japan's southern islands by late Monday.

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