NWS – Tropical Depression 26W forms; no threat to the Marianas

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The National Weather Service in Tiyan is watching a storm northeast of Pohnpei that was upgraded to Tropical Depression 26W overnight.

There are currently no watches or warnings in effect and the storm is not expected to pose a threat to the Marianas. It is already north of Guam’s latitude.

Tropical Depression 26W will gradually strengthen and could become a tropical storm by Wednesday.

As of 1 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Depression 26W was centered near 14.2 degrees north latitude and 164.1 degrees east longitude, about 640 miles northeast of Pohnpei and 1295 miles east of Guam.

It was moving west at 18 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

Tropical Depression 26W is expected to make a gradual turn toward the west-northwest today and continue in that general direction through Thursday.

As currently forecast, 26W could pass near or just northeast of the far northern islands of the CNMI late Thursday and Friday.

However residents of the CNMI, particularly in the northern islands of Agrihan, Pagan and Alamagan, should pay close attention to the progress of 26W.