Tropical Cyclone Mawar intensified into a super typhoon on Friday, with winds topping out at 185 miles per hour, putting its strength on par with a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The storm has since weakened somewhat and may fluctuate in intensity into the weekend. As the storm approaches the Philippines on Sunday, forecasters expect it to weaken further. Get the latest news on the storm here.

Source: Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Note: All times are in the Taiwan and Philippines time zones, which are 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time.

By Madison Dong

The storm is expected to gradually turn north as it approaches the Philippines, most likely missing the country. But 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 bend northeast away from the island.