Possible storm could hit Marianas


Another tropical disturbance was seen forming off the coast of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia and it could possibly impact the Marianas early or middle of this week.

According to an advisory from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, the tropical disturbance is currently forming just northwest of Kosrae and, based on current weather models, there is a possibility that it may head to the Marianas.

As of 3pm yesterday, the formation was seen 1,080 miles east-southeast of Saipan, 1,087 miles east-southeast of Tinian, 1,085 miles east-southeast of Rota, 1,100 miles east-southeast of Guam, and 1,180 miles southeast of Pagan.

The NWS advisory said that the disturbance is moving slowly westward and is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Marianas early this week.

The disturbance is the subject of a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

According to the forecast, there is considerable uncertainty as to the exact track and strength of the system. The current model indicates that the center of the system could track anywhere from near Guam to north of Saipan and some models indicate that it may even pass east of the Marianas.

Despite the uncertainties, residents of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands are strongly encouraged to keep themselves informed of the latest forecasts and statements from the National Weather Service and its respective emergency management office.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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