Wind shear in the region exposed the convection from the circulation early on May 7, although the thunderstorms increased the next day, mostly in the storm's northwest quadrant.  The eye, initially only 9 km (6 mi) in diameter, became more defined in the center of the convection. We're looking at the winds. On June 5, President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the territory, allowing for federal aid to be used. Typhoon Dolphin's strong winds battered Guam late Friday night as the storm took its best shot at the American territory. Dolphin turned to the northeast and weakened, becoming extratropical on May 20 and exiting the western Pacific basin on May 24. Dolphin damaged 390 houses, including nine that were destroyed, leaving 1,055 people homeless. The storm accelerated to the northeast, passing through the Aleutian Islands on May 22.  After the convection decreased further, the JTWC discontinued advisories on Dolphin on May 19, once Dolphin was beginning to become extratropical near the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. One family in Palikir needed medical attention when a tree fell onto their house. Typhoon Dolphin NASA, 2015 2018 Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Plan February 13, 2018 ii Handling Instructions Questions pertaining to the dissemination, transmission, or destruction of this plan or to obtain a copy of U.S iii .  The intensification trend was soon halted by a combination of moderate southerly wind shear and dry air from the west, causing the eye to become obscured on conventional satellite imagery. Rota has about 2,500 residents and many buildings there are made of concrete.  Ultimately, the government provided about $4.7 million in aid, mostly in public assistance. Super typhoon Pongsona hit with such a force that all of us on the island were knocked back to the stone age.  Around that time, Dolphin passed about 80 km (50 mi) west of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and over the next few days it passed near other small islands in the region. Typhoon Dolphin lashes Guam, nearby islands; power and water supplies cut About 1,100 residents took shelter in schools as Typhoon Dolphin hit the US territory late on Friday. It's good they're not scared.  The typhoon's westerly winds produced a swell that affected the Marshall Islands, sinking several boats in Kwajalein Atoll. Typhoon Soudelor hit Guam with 20 to 35 mph winds on Aug. 2, 2015.  As the typhoon approached Guam, radar imagery tracked the eye underneath the deepest convection. Dolphin also caused $1.2 million worth of crop damage. Alternative â¦ I don't know if we'll be open the whole day," he said.  Dolphin damaged 390 houses across Guam, of which 9 were destroyed and another 55 were severely damaged. Later, the outer rainbands affected Pohnpei, producing a gust of 88 km/h (55 mph), as well as heavy rainfall.  Based on the well-defined structure and Dvorak ratings of T7.0, the JTWC upgraded Dolphin to a super typhoon late on May 16 with 1 minute winds of 260 km/h (160 mph). , On May 12, Dolphin began moving steadily to the west-northwest. Moving eastward at first, the storm slowly organized before beginning a north and west-northwest trajectory. Earlier in the day, Guam was getting some surf, with a beach on the eastern coast reporting 16-foot waves. Typhoon Dolphin, which as of Thursday morning eastern time was a strengthening Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per â¦ HAGATNA, Guam â Winds from a powerful Pacific typhoon were hitting the region around U.S. territory of Guam late Friday. The only impact that was reported from Dolphin was to the M/Bca Mae Jan, which was a cargo passenger ship which sank on December 14, due to â¦  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed approximately 15 representatives to the island to mitigate the response time in the wake of the storm. Residents of Guam should be making final preparations as strengthening Typhoon Dolphin will pass near the island on Friday. The Governor requested a declaration for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation for the Territory of Guam. The storm has weakened since it first intensified into a Category 5 storm on May 16. Destructive winds from Typhoon Dolphin left damage throughout the island. Authorities have warned residents in low-lying areas to be on the lookout for flooding and to move to higher ground if necessary.  On May 16, the typhoon began rapid deepening as it reached the western periphery of the ridge, causing it to turn more to the north. The last direct hit was in 2002, when a super typhoon, Pongsona, killed one and caused about $250 million in damage. CloudSat Analyzed the Eye of Typhoon Dolphin â¦  This accounted for about one-third of Pohnpei's record monthly rainfall total of 1,109 mm (43.68 in) for May 2015. Overall damage was estimated at nearly $10 million, prompting Governor Eddie Calvo to declare a state of emergency. High winds left about 40% of Guam without power, mostly in the north and central portions of the island, although the outages were fixed within a few days.  The approaching westerlies turned Dolphin to the north and northeast on May 17 while also imparting unfavorable conditions, causing the eye and the convection to elongate and weaken. Residents began seriously preparing for the typhoon Thursday when Calvo ordered agencies to take special precautions. By May 8, the depression organized enough for the JTWC to upgrade it to a tropical storm.  Utility damage was estimated at $3 million. Rough waves sank a boat at Apra Harbor, requiring workers to clean oil that escaped from the damaged vessel. "Dolphin's eye threaded the needle of the Rota Channel, therefore both Guam and Rota Island experienced the typhoon's eyewall Friday," said weather.com meteorologist Jon Erdman. Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via Guam is expected to receive at least tropical storm winds tomorrow, and â¦ Twenty-four pregnant women have checked in to Guam Memorial Hospital, according to Gov. Over three days, the precipitation reached 603 mm (23.73 in) of rainfall over three days, including 388 mm (15.26 in) in one day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s hurricane database shows that not a single typhoon has struck Guam between February and June since reliable records began in â¦ National Weather Service meteorologist Genny Miller said the agencies will likely maintain high-surf advisories for 24 hours after the typhoon passes. Two typhoons and one tropical storm have affected Guam in the past eight months, including Dolphin. âA heavy band is moving across the island and the eye will hit northern Guam,â he told The Associated Press. The compact core persisted during this time, although the center was slightly obscured. The National Weather Service said the center of Typhoon Dolphin â¦ (Rick Cruz/The Pacific Daily via AP), Some of 2020's Most Magical Christmas Displays, Jaw-Dropping Satellite Images That Will Define 2020, Rare Whale Skeleton Found Perfectly Preserved in Thailand.  At 12:00 UTC on the next day, the JMA followed suit and upgraded the depression to Tropical Storm Dolphin. Guam is a tropical island about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo and is known for scuba diving, white beaches and historic World War II battle sites, and it depends heavily on tourism. Trees bend and sway in the increasing winds at the Paseo during the approach of Typhoon Dolphin on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Hagatna, Guam. Distinctive terms for the storms are used in different parts of the world. Charleen Betwell, 30, also checked in at George Washington with several family members.  The power outages also disrupted generators for water wells, leaving 3,300 people without access to clean water; residents in some areas were under a boil-water advisory. The typhoon also brushed Rota, causing $2.5 million in damage there, as well as Saipan. Typhoon Dolphin is due to hit the area from Friday afternoon (local time), with wind gusts expected to reach 160 kilometres per hour. (WATCH:Â New Video of Deadly Nepal Avalanche Released).  Despite the sheared structure, the storm developed an eye feature on May 11, indicative of further strengthening, while the storm was passing 285 km (180 mi) east of Pohnpei. The Air Force says more than 5,000 airmen and their family members live on Guam. It developed a persistent central dense overcast over the center as conditions became increasingly favorable. Residents lost power and water access for up to two weeks. On Kosrae, winds peaked at 60 km/h (37 mph).  Late on May 15, Dolphin passed between Guam and Rota, bringing its eyewall over both islands. 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, Guam time: A typhoon watch has been issued for Guam and Rota by the National Weather Service on Guam. , Early in Dolphin's duration, it moved through the eastern FSM. In the wake of Typhoon Dolphin, the government allowed residents to burn excess green waste if they received a permit from the Guam Fire Department. Guam â âI thought dolphins were friendlyâ Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane told PNC reacting to Typhoon Dolphin which passed over the northern part of the island last night. Typhoon Dolphin was a powerful tropical cyclone that produced the first typhoon-force winds on Guam since Typhoon Pongsona in 2002. Businesses sustained $1.9 million in damage.  On May 15, the wind shear once again lessened. Information is updated every 24 hours. The storm first affected the FSM, notably Pohnpei where it dropped 603 mm (23.73 in) of rainfall over three days. Typhoon Dolphin, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ulysses, was the final named storm and typhoon of the 2008 Pacific typhoon season. Senior meteorologist Mike Middlebrooke said Typhoon Dolphin will likely reach the northern part of the US territory around 8 pm Guam time (3 am PDT). Luckily for Guam, Dolphin's most powerful winds occurred after passing to the northwest of Guam. The origins of Dolphin were related to a strong westerly wind burst that also led to the formation of previous Typhoon Noul. For other storms of the same name, see, Typhoon Dolphin shortly before peak intensity on May 16, CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, List of near-Equatorial tropical cyclones, "A Quarterly Bulletin of the Pacific El Nino-Southern Oscillation Applications Climate (PEAC) Center", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Depression 07W (Seven) Warning NR 001", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Depression 07W (Seven) Warning NR 007", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Depression 07W (Seven) Warning NR 002", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Storm 07W (Seven) Warning NR 009", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin) Warning NR 013", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin) Warning NR 016", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin) Warning NR 020", "Prognostic Reasoning for Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin) Warning NR 021", "Tropical Storm 07W (Dolphin) Warning NR 025", "Super Typhoon 07W (Seven) Warning NR 040", "Super Typhoon 07W (Seven) Warning NR 041", "Super Typhoon 07W (Seven) Warning NR 043", "Tropical Storm 07W (Seven) Warning NR 052", "Cancellations and Postponements due to the impending Typhoon Dolphin", "FEMA representatives are helping GovGuam make preparations for Typhoon Dolphin", "1,000-plus fill shelters: Dolphin hits northern Guam with wind gusts over 100 mph", "CNMI prepares for brunt of Typhoon Dolphin", "Typhoon Dolphin threads the needle between Guam and Rota", Territory of Guam â Typhoon Dolphin FEMA-4224-DR, "Major disaster declaration covers public assistance for Guam", "Record heat roasts parts of Alaska, where it's warmer than Washington, D.C.", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Typhoon_Dolphin_(2015)&oldid=990794773, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 15:20. The Guam Memorial Hospital sustained about $1 million in damage from storm-related flooding.  The storm damaged many homes on the island. ", (MORE:Â Check the Forecast For Typhoon Dolphin).  By May 18, increased wind shear had exposed the circulation as the winds continued to drop. Hagatna, Guam - Residents in Guam are bracing for potentially damaging winds and flooding as Typhoon Dolphin approaches the US territory on Friday. Anton Edward, 52, owner of a video store that was open at midday Friday as winds were picking up, said he hadn't prepared. , After its formation, the depression moved slowly with the low-level flow, in what the JTWC described as an "atypical eastward direction". Dolphin intensified into a typhoon before passing between Guam and Rotaon May 15, producing typhoon-force winds on both islâ¦ , The remnants of Dolphin, in conjunction with previous Typhoon Noul, shifted the broader weather pattern to bring record warmth to Alaska, making the temperatures warmer than that of Washington, D.C.., This article is about the 2015 tropical cyclone.  This left 1,055 people homeless, mostly in the towns of Yigo or Dededo. Typhoon Dolphin Weakening after Drenching Guam Monday, May 18, 2015 Typhoon Dolphin battered and drenched the islands of Guam and Rota as it passed over the channel between them last Saturday. A tight, highly developed and organized Typhoon Dolphin is closing in on Guam as it cruises across the Pacific at 16 knots. Typhoons are the same as hurricanes and cyclones. âThis Typhoon Dolphin was not friendly.â Matanane and his staff were busy clearing downed trees throughout the [â¦] Workers quickly repaired the power outages and cleared roads of any storm debris. Giant, Hidden Volcano Lurking off Alaskan Coast? Guam is no stranger to typhoons, with Super Typhoon Pongsona slamming the island of 165,000 people with 144 mile-an-hour sustained winds in 2002, leaving widespread destruction in its wake. With damage estimated at around $10 million, the island was declared a disaster area. Airports and seaports between the three islands were shut down, causing flights to be canceled.  A building subtropical ridge turned the system more to the north. Residents of this island of about 160,000 people have been bracing for potentially damaging winds and flooding for the past day. Officials say no one except public safety and emergency response personnel should be outdoors after 5 a.m. Friday.  Earlier in 2015, the Guam Weather Forecast Office created a Facebook page to help inform residents about typhoons; during Dolphin, the page received over 425,000 views. Typhoon Dolphin was a powerful tropical cyclone that produced the first typhoon-force winds on Guam since Typhoon Pongsona in 2002. The high winds downed hundreds of trees, some of which fell onto cars and homes, and killed one person. Tropical Storm Dolphin is forecast to â¦  On the next day, the winds fell below typhoon force, and at 00:00 UTC on May 21, the JMA declared Dolphin extratropical. Dolphin passed between Guam and Rota, producing gusts of 171 km/h (106 mph) at Andersen Air Force Base on northern Guam. The storm is currently located east-south-east of Guam â¦  Additional shelters were opened on the islands of Rota, Tinian, and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and nearly 200 people sought cover there.  Early on May 5, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) began monitoring an area of deep convection approximately 300 km (185 mi) southwest of Pohnpei. Both were closed Friday to everyone except for essential personnel. We did not have powerâ¦ A Navy telephone hotline message warned people not to drive and to avoid going outside. , After leaving the Marianas Islands, the eye of Dolphin became much larger as the storm developed strong outflow channels, both indicative of further strengthening.  The storm dropped torrential rainfall during its passage, reaching over 460 mm (18 in) at Andersen Air Force Base, of which 240 mm (9.3 in) fell within a 12-hour period. There are two U.S. military bases in Guam, Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam. The mayor brought us here," said Henry, who lives in a wood and tin-framed house. The site encourages people to check their storm shutters ahead of time to make sure they are working and to stay inside. The American-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) designated Dolphin as a super typhoon, while the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) estimated 10 minute sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph).  The convection quickly became better organized and more concentrated around the broad center, aided by increased outflow. The damage to Guam wasnât as significant as Dolphin, but the neighboring island of Saipan received a direct hit. Tropical weather frequently affects Guam, so much so U.S. military officers like to say it's located in "Typhoon Alley." NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. For licensing please contact James (at) EarthUncut (dot) TV "I've been through typhoons, but this is my first time in a shelter," she said. In the central portion of the island, the NWS office recorded gusts of 130 km/h (81 mph). Typhoon Dolphin continued to strengthen yesterday and track toward the Mariana Islands. More than 1,100 people took refuge in shelters early Saturday as the center of a powerful Pacific typhoon glanced off Guam, hammering the U.S. â¦  That day, the shear began to decrease, allowing the outflow to improve and convection to blossom. The rains and gusty winds knocked down many trees on the island, one of which killed a person, and causing $1 million in damage (2015 USD). NWS Guam Tropical Cyclone AoR Tropical Cyclone Products we issue Historical Tropical Cyclones Affecting Guam (1671-1990) Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense Damage in the FSM was estimated at $1 million. Eddie Calvo's office. High winds knocked down trees and power lines, causing an island-wide power outage. | eTurboNews | Awá»n aá¹£a | Awá»n iroyin Irin-ajo lori Ayelujara | Awá»n iroyin Irin-ajo Tropical Storm Dolphin transitioned into an extra-tropical storm and Aqua captured an image of the storm on its way toward the Sea of Okhotsk. Dolphin, meanwhile, was packing winds of 105 miles-an-hour as of 3pm EDT Wednesday afternoon, and the strengthening system was 610 miles southeast of Guam. A typhoon preparation guide on Andersen's website notes Navy and Air Force housing on Guam is constructed with reinforced concrete, enabling them to withstand high typhoon winds. (MORE:Â Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Has Begun), "This was an exceptionally well-forecasted typhoon track, which hinted at a potential Guam direct hit five days ago," said Erdman. Dolphin had its origins as a cluster of heavy showers and thunderstorms last week, several hundred miles south of the Marshall Islands (part of the larger island group of Micronesia). Territory of Guam âTyphoon Dolphin FEMA-4224-DR Declared June 5, 2015 On May 27, 2015, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo requested a major disaster declaration due to Typhoon Dolphin during the period of May 13-16, 2015. Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here.  Andersen Air Force Base recorded sustained winds of 135 km/h (84 mph), while gusts reached 171 km/h (106 mph).  Early on May 12, the JMA upgraded Dolphin to a severe tropical storm, estimating 10 minute winds of 95 km/h (60 mph).  Eight schools were opened as shelters, and more than 1,000 residents sought refuge during the height of the storm. It later rapidly intensified as it curved to the north. Typhoon Dolphin Nears Guam / Rota, Typhoon Warnings in Place Jase Holland 7:36 Guam Super Typhoon Surfers !!!  Damage on Rota was estimated at $2.5 million.  In response to the damage, the FSM government declared Pohnpei as a state of emergency on June 8. "I'm just enjoying looking at the kids play around. There are about 4,000 sailors assigned to Guam along with 6,500 dependents. Typhoon warnings are flying for the U.S. Mariana Islands, including Guam and Rota, as Typhoon Dolphin races west-northwest towards the islands at 18 mph.  On Guam, the heavy rainfall caused flooding in areas lacking proper drainage. The typhoon damaged over 7,000 banana trees as well as 39 of the endangered ironwood trees. The seventh named storm of the 2015 Pacific typhoon season, Dolphin formed on May 6 in the vicinity of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).  At 06:00 UTC that day, the JMA estimated peak 10 minute winds of 185 km/h (115 mph). Moving eastward at first, the storm slowly organized before beginning a north and west-northwest trajectory.  On Saipan to the north of Rota, wind gusts reached 101 km/h (63 mph), while rainfall totaled 89 mm (3.5 in). The storm slowed once reaching the Gulf of Alaska, turning eastward to cross the International Date Line on May 24.  A federal grant provided 220 temporary jobs toward cleaning and repairing damage. So far, there have been no reports of any injury or damage, but steady rains and strong winds, as high as 110 mph, buffeted the island for several hours Friday. Watch Incredible Wave Crash Over Navy Ship, Animal Populations Decline 68% in Less than 50 Years, Report Finds, Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Has Begun, New Video of Deadly Nepal Avalanche Released. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.  At 21:00 UTC that day, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) also began issuing advisories on the system, classifying it as Tropical Depression 07W. Dayann Henry, 28, and 15 family members sought refuge in an emergency shelter at George Washington High School in central Guam. The official website of Guam Homeland Security â Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD), Government of Guam. , In preparation for the cyclone, schools, businesses, and public transit were closed on Guam. "The other businesses and residents are geared up for the storm, but not me.  At 00:00 UTC, the JMA and JTWC both upgraded Dolphin to typhoon status, based on a developing eye feature. Typhoon Dolphin's strong winds battered Guam late Friday night as the storm took its best shot at the American territory. But the island rarely gets direct hits from typhoons because its land area is so small. Guam and neighboring Rota, a tiny island 50 miles away, are part of the Mariana Islands chain and share a common heritage and native language. "Fortunately, some dry air to its west and a little wind shear helped keep the lid on Dolphin's intensity, relative to the super typhoons we've seen recently, before reaching Guam.". It is currently located 290 â¦ Currently located a few hundred miles ESE of Guam, Typhoon Dolphin becomes the seventh named storm of the year and could become the third super typhoon.  The government of the CNMI declared Rota a disaster area, meaning emergency funds could be allocated toward relief and reconstruction. 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