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Day after Typhoon Mawar hit Guam, 'what used to be a jungle looks like toothpicks'

Guam residents and officials are assessing the damage the day after Typhoon Mawar smashed the U.S. Pacific territory, lashing the island with wind and rain, tearing down trees, walls and power lines, flipping cars and pushing a dangerous storm surge ashore

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam residents and officials emerged from homes and shelters Thursday to survey the damage done to the U.S. Pacific territory after a long night of hunkering down as Typhoon Mawar's howling winds shredded trees, flipped vehicles and knocked out utilities.

The central and northern parts of the island received more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain as the eyewall passed, and most of Guam received about a foot of rain during the storm, said Brandon Aydlett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The island's international airport flooded, and the swirling storm churned up a storm surge and waves that crashed through coastal reefs.

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