VIDEO: Tropical Disturbance NNW of Chuuk Heading Toward the Marianas

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Guam – The National Weather Service in Tiyan advises that  a tropical disturbance has formed north north-west of Chuuk and is on a track that could bring it over the Marianas later this week.

In addition, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu has issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert, however the JTWC alert states that the system does not yet warrant the “issuance of  a numbered tropical cyclone warning at this time.”

…TROPICAL DISTURBANCE NORTH-NORTHWEST OF CHUUK HEADING TOWARD THE  MARIANAS…

AT 1130 AM CHST THIS MORNING…A TROPICAL DISTURBANCE WAS LOCATED NEAR 12 DEGREES NORTH AND 150 DEGREES EAST…WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 375 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GUAM…370 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAIPAN AND 330 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF CHUUK. 

VIEW the colorized loop of the system HERE

SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS A GRADUALLY DEVELOPING CIRCULATION CENTER MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND THE MARIANA ISLANDS.

THIS CIRCULATION IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION ALERT FROM THE JOINT TYPHOON WARNING CENTER. THE SYSTEM HAS DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST 12 HOURS. CONDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY ONLY SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT…HOWEVER THEY ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE.

ALTHOUGH IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO TELL HOW STRONG THE WIND THREAT WILL BE FOR THE MARIANAS…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON GUAM EXPECTS AN INCREASE IN WINDS AS WELL AS AN INCREASE IN HEAVY SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO BEGIN SOMETIME TUESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CLOSELY MONITOR THIS SYSTEM OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT APPROACHES AND PASSES THE ISLANDS.

STAY INFORMED ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER SITUATION. KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST FORECASTS AND LISTEN FOR ANY FURTHER STATEMENTS OR WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE.