TD06W is now a tropical storm

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Tropical Depression 06W has been upgraded to a tropical storm as it continues to move away from the Marianas. Also, a high surf advisory remains in effect until 10am today, Wednesday. A small craft advisory also remains in effect until 10am.

According to the National Weather Service in Guam, Tropical Depression 06W was upgraded to a tropical storm as of 6:39pm yesterday, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

At approximately 7pm yesterday evening, the center of Tropical Storm 06W was located at about 180 miles west-northwest of Guam, about 200 miles west of Rota, about 235 miles west-southwest of Tinian, and about 245 miles west-southwest of Saipan.

Tropical Storm 06W was last seen moving northwest at 13 mph and it is forecasted to maintain this general course with a slight decrease in forward speed before making a turn to the north last night.

Although the 06W was last seen with maximum sustained winds of up to 40 mph, it is expected to intensify through today. Tropical storm force winds extend northeast from the center up to 90 miles, and up to 45 miles elsewhere.

As of yesterday, all tropical storm warnings and watches have been discontinued for the Marianas.

However, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for all of Guam and the Northern Marianas, so the community is still encouraged to listen closely for any flood warnings that might be issued for your area.

Also, hazardous surf of 9 to 12 feet are present in east and south facing reefs of the Marianas until 10am today morning. This will create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and cause localized beach erosion.

The passage of Tropical Depression 06W caused surf to quickly build to hazardous levels last night. Once 06W moves west of the islands into the Philippine Sea, surf will quickly subside.

The public, beachgoers, and mariners are reminded to continue to exercise precautionary measures when entering the water. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.

Mariners should consider altering plans to avoid possible hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe wind and seas.

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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