Tropical Depression 26W Forms SW of Pohnpei; Tracking Towards Yap; NOT Marianas

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Guam – The National Weather Service in Tiyan has its eye on Tropical Depression 26W which has formed south-west of Pohnpei.

It is currently tracking towards Yap and watches have been been issued for Pohnpei and Chuuk.

NWS Science and Operations Officer Roger Edson says the system “is NOT forecast to track towards the Marianas” however they are keeping their eye on it because “it falls within the margin of  uncertainty of the forecast track.” There are no watches or warnings for Guam or the Mariana islands.

READ the NWS’s Monday 9:34 ChST Local Statement for Tropical Depresion 26W HERE 


READ the NWS Monday 9:34 ChST Local Statement for Tropical Depresion 26W BELOW:

…Tropical Depression 26W has formed southwest of Pohnpei…

…Areas Affected…
this statement provides information and recommended actions for people in Nukuoro Atoll in Pohnpei State…and Lukunor and its surrounding atolls in Chuuk State. The island of Ngatik is in this area of concern.

…Watches and Warnings…
A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Nukuoro atoll in Pohnpei  state and Lukunor atoll in Chuuk state. Tropical storm conditions… including damaging winds of 39 to 73 mph…are possible within 48 hours.

…Storm Information…

At 700 am chst…2100z…the center of Tropical Depression 26W was located near latitude 3.7 degrees north and longitude 156.8 degrees east.

This is about  125 miles east of Nukuoro 160 miles south-southwest of Sapwuafik (Ngatik) 235 miles southeast of Lukunor 240 miles south-southwest of Pohnpei and 425 miles southeast of Weno Island Chuuk.

Tropical Depression 26W is moving west-northwest at 9 mph. This general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.

.Situation Overview…
Maximum sustained winds are 30 mph and Tropical Depression 26W will  slowly intensify as it moves toward the west-northwest. TD 26W is
expected to intensify and likely become a Tropical Storm by Tuesday.

.Precautionary/Preparedness Actions…
Damaging winds are possible for Nukuoro and Lukunor and the southern Mortlock islands…winds will be gusting up to 35 mph at times today
and tonight…and surf will be become dangerously high along  windward coasts. rip currents will be very strong and potentially deadly. Small craft should stay in port or secured. Inter-island travel outside chuuk lagoon should not be attempted.

…Wind Information…
Winds are expected to gradually increase into the range of 30 to 50 mph within 100 miles of TD 26W during the next 12 to 24 hours as it moves slowly west-northwest. Waves generated by TD 26W may eventually cause surf to build along southern and eastern shores for all the islands of Pohnpei and Chuuk states.

…Storm Surge and Surf Information…

Waves generated by TD 26W will build to 7 to 9 feet and may cause surf to build along southern shores for all the islands of Pohnpei and Chuuk states. The next few days will be a period of very high tides due to the full moon and inundation problems could develop in the coming days as 26W intensifies.

…Other Storm Effects…
Heavy rainfall of 4 to 6 inches over large parts of southern Pohnpei  and Chuuk states is expected during the next couple of days.