Tropical Depression 22W has formed northeast of Chuuk and a typhoon watch is now in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan. A tropical storm watch is now in effect for Guam.
Typhoon Condition 3 has been hoisted for Saipan, Tinian, Rota. That means that damaging winds are possible within 48 hours.
A typhoon watch is in effect for Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater are possible Monday night or Tuesday morning.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guam. Damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible Monday or Monday night.
Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point, Tropical Depression 22W was located about 840 miles southeast of Alamagan, about 760 miles east-southeast of Saipan, about 765 miles east-southeast of Tinian, about 770 miles east-southeast of Rota, about 785 miles east-southeast of Guam, and about 350 miles northeast of Chuuk.
Maximum sustained winds is currently at 35 mph. It is currently moving west-northwest at 18 mph. A west-northwest motion is expected through Sunday, with a decrease in forward speed, followed by a gradual turn to the northwest on Monday. This track brings Tropical Depression 22W near the Marianas as a tropical storm or typhoon Monday afternoon.
Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph. Tropical Depression 22W is expected to intensify over the next couple of days, and will likely be a tropical storm by last night.
The CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point will be monitoring the movement of Tropical Depression 22W and will be issuing out bulletins as they become available. (Marc A. Venus)