Numerous showers and heavy rainfall are expected over Saipan, Tinian, and the northern Marianas starting today and into the weekend due to a developing tropical disturbance.
The tropical disturbance, which is now the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, has the potential to become a tropical depression within the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service in Guam as of 11:20am yesterday.
NWS said the tropical disturbance is located east of Tinian, Saipan, and the northern Marianas and is expected to continue to move westward between Saipan and Anatahan.
Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected into the weekend as the disturbance passes over the northern Marianas.
“Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are likely with higher amounts possible. Flash flooding is possible in areas of prolonged and heavy rainfall,” NWS said.
NWS and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management advised the public yesterday to stay informed on this tropical disturbance and keep abreast of the latest forecasts and further statements and possible warnings.