A large tropical disturbance that has been developing over the Marianas may turn into a tropical depression over the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service in Guam yesterday.
The disturbance brought rains early morning until late afternoon in the CNMI yesterday.
As of 9:23am yesterday, NWS said the disturbance, with its center about 170 miles east-southeast of Saipan, is expected to develop as it drifts north or northeast.
The disturbance triggered rains of 2 to 4 inches through Friday. Scattered showers, some heavy, and isolated thunderstorms can be expected across the Marianas over the next two to three days.
Gusty winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour are likely across Rota and Guam and their coastal waters through today, Friday.
For Rota and Guam, seas will rise to 8 feet through today, Friday, producing hazardous conditions for operators of small boats.
Winds and seas are currently expected to be less across Saipan and Tinian, but that could change depending on how the disturbance develops and moves.
NWS urged the public to stay informed on this developing weather situation by keeping abreast of the latest forecasts and listening for any further statements and possible warning.
NWS advised the people of the CNMI and Guam to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening.