GUAM (Pacific News Center)—The National Weather Service in Tiyan has its eye on yet another tropical disturbance and it is advising island residents to be prepared for heavy rain and gusty winds in the next few days as it passes by the Marianas.
The system appears to be developing well northeast of both Guam and Saipan. But it is moving west-southwest toward the Marianas.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a weak center of circulation was located at 16 degrees north latitude and 149 east longitude. That is about 225 miles east-northeast of Saipan and 335 miles east-northeast of Guam.
The NWS says the region can expect 4 to 7 inches of rain through Thursday night and wind gusts up to 30 mph Wednesday and Thursday.
This disturbance is expected to become better-defined by Wednesday and move west-southwestward through the Marianas Wednesday night and Thursday.
The disturbance is expected to bring locally heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms to the Marianas Wednesday through Thursday night, and possibly into Friday.
Through Thursday night, 4 to 7 inches of rain is likely, with locally higher amounts possible.
This rainfall will likely produce local flooding at times and may result in mudslides.
In addition to heavy rain, south winds gusting to 30 mph or more are likely Wednesday night and Thursday after the center of the disturbance moves west of the islands.
If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, be prepared for the possibility of flooding on your property over the next couple of days.
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.
High surf warning out
The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management said that surf will be hazardous at 9 to 11 feet on west facing reefs and 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs today, Wednesday, and remain hazardous into Thursday.
A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6am Friday along west and north facing reefs.
The public is being advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and west facing reefs as rip currents will be life threatening. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, exercise caution, especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets. (PR)