Tropical Disturbance 26W is currently intensifying into a Category 3 typhoon and is making its way to the Marianas region. It is forecasted to bring damaging weather conditions.
Tropical Disturbance 26W is moving westward and is expected to slowly strengthen into a Category 3 typhoon as it approaches the Marianas early next week.
A typhoon is classed as a Category 3 when its winds range from 111 to 129 mph. In comparison, Typhoon Soudelor passed directly over Saipan on Aug. 2 as an intensifying Category 2 equivalent storm.
According to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Guam, there is still uncertainty as to the exact track and strength of the system but it appears, based on the current timing, that impacts should begin to be felt by Monday, with the system moving through the Marianas Monday night or Tuesday.
Heavy showers, gusty winds and dangerous marine conditions are likely for at least parts of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands early next week.
The forecasted point of impact will be the CNMI and Guam and poses a significant threat to residents. All residents are urged to prepare this weekend.