VIDEO: NWS- WIHPA Upgraded to Tropical Storm; West of Guam, But Kicking Up Gale Force Winds For Us in Its Wake

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Guam – Even though Tropical Storm WIHPA is now west of Guam and moving father away from the island, it is kicking up gale force winds in its wake.

The NWS says the storm is intensifying as it moves away from us and they expect it to produce “near gale force conditions across the Marianas this afternoon and evening.”

VIEW the NWS satellite image of Tropical Storm WIHPA HERE

That means sustained winds of between 25 – 35 mph with wind gusts up to 40 mph. And as a result, the NWS has issued warnings about high winds for the Marianas through 6am Saturday morning.

READ the Non-Precipitation Warning for high winds on the NWS website HERE

A High Wind Advisory is also in effect for Guam International Airport.

READ the Airport Weather Warning on the NWS website HERE    

In addition to Tropical Storm WIHPA to the west of us, an associated monsoonal system to the south will keep winds brisk throughout the weekend.

In addition to the high wind warnings, the NWS has issued a High Surf Warning, and a Marine Weather Warning for Small Crafts [see below]. 

 

A High Surf Advisory remains in effect through 6am Monday morning.

READ the High Surf Advisory on the NWS website HERE

A Marine Weather Warning for Small Crafts  is in effect  through 6pm Sunday evening.

READ the Marine Weather Warning for Small Crafts on the NWS website HERE   

 

 

THIS SYSTEM IS INTENSIFYING AS IT MOVES AWAY FROM THE MARIANAS. WIHPA WILL PRODUCE NEAR GALE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE MARIANAS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND A ASSOCIATED MONSOON SURGE WILL PRODUCE WINDY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE MARIANAS THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.