UPDATE: Tropical Storm Mangkhut moves closer

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Guam – An update issued at 1:23 am, Sunday by the National Weather Service, Guam. 

A Typhoon Watch has been issued for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan with destructive wind speeds of 74 mph or more is possible within the next 48 hours or as soon as Monday evening. Tropical Storm Mangkhut ‘s center is currently located 14.8N 158.2E and maintains its west-northwestward track toward the region – 830 miles East of Saipan, 840 miles East of Tinian, 870 miles East of Rota and 905 miles East of Guam. The latest recording of maximum sustained winds have increased to 50 mph as the storm tracked WNW 285 degrees at 20 mph. Current forecast anticipates a slight shift west and a slight decrease in forward speed through this evening with tropical storm winds expected by Tuesday morning. Surf within the storm’s eyewall has been recorded in excess of 30 feet, remaining hazardous farther from its center at 9 feet. A storm surge of 1 to 2 feet is possible near the center of TS Mangkhut with the heaviest rainfall expected between 6 to 10 inches. The next update on TS Mangkhut out of the NWS, Guam is scheduled for 8am today.

Planning and preparation is vital to ensure your safety and that of your family. You can monitor the storm’s progression with PNC News First as we broadcast live updates as well as online on pacificnewscenter.com and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Radio updates are also available through our sister stations News Talk K57, Power 98, 105.1 KatFM and 99.5 The Shark, in addition to their respective social media pages.

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