Updated TROPICAL STORM PHANFONE STRENGTHENING AND TRACKING TOWARD THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS…

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18w becomes Tropical Storm Phanfone, continues to track toward Saipan and Tinian.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/data/GUM/TCPPQ2

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7Zz6KmmAQ

From the 5am National Weather Service Update

 

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAIPAN...TINIAN...  PAGAN...ALAMAGAN AND SURROUNDING WATERS.   A TYPHOON WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE FAR NORTHERN MARIANA  ISLANDS...INCLUDING PAGAN AND ALAMAGAN.  A TYPHOON WATCH MEANS THAT TYPHOON CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE  WATCH AREA WITHIN 48 HOURS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT  TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 24  HOURS.  INTERESTS IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE  PROGRESS OF PHANFONE.  SUMMARY OF 0500 AM CHST...1900 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...14.1N 149.5E ABOUT 260 MILES ESE OF SAIPAN AND TINIAN ABOUT 280 MILES E OF ROTA ABOUT 315 MILES E OF GUAM  ABOUT 370 MILES SE OF PAGAN AND ABOUT 490 MILES NNW OF CHUUK MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...55 MPH PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW...300 DEGREES AT 10 MPH

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- AT 0500 AM CHST...1900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM PHANFONE  WAS LOCATED BY SATELLITE NEAR LATITUDE 14.1 DEGREES NORTH AND  LONGITUDE 149.5 DEGREES EAST.  TROPICAL STORM PHANFONE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST AROUND  10 MPH...AND THIS MOTION IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE NEXT 2  DAYS. THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK BRINGS THE CENTER OF PHANFONE ABOUT  60 MILES NORTH OF SAIPAN OVERNIGHT TONIGHT...AND ABOUT 50 MILES  SOUTH OF ALAMAGAN WEDNESDAY MORNING.    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE 55 MPH. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS  EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES FROM THE CENTER. TROPICAL STORM  PHANFONE IS EXPECTED TO STEADILY INTENSIFY OVER THE NEXT 2 DAYS...  APPROACHING TYPHOON INTENSITY AS IT PASSES NORTH OF SAIPAN TONIGHT... AND NEAR ALAMAGAN AND PAGAN WEDNESDAY.   NEXT ADVISORY ------------- NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...200 PM CHST THIS AFTERNOON.  $$  BIRCHARD