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Friday, April 18, 2014

Maliksi moves away; new disturbance forms

Tropical Storm Maliksi 20(W) moved away from the CNMI yesterday, but a new tropical disturbance was seen forming southeast of the Mariana Islands.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service in Guam, a westerly flow of monsoon winds associated with the tropical disturbance has been causing rainshowers and gusty wind across most of Micronesia, from Palau and Yap across Pohnpei to near Kosrae.

As of 2:45pm yesterday, NWS said the center of the tropical disturbance was 750 miles east-southeast of both Guam and Saipan.

“This disturbance will be monitored closely for the possibility that it could develop quickly and move toward the Mariana Islands,” the NWS said in its special weather statement.

NWS said showery weather and gusty winds will likely approach the Mariana Islands during the next couple of days and continue into the weekend.

NWS urged residents of the Mariana Islands to remain alert and listen for official statements and forecasts.

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