Tropical storm watch cancelled


Tropical Storm 27W moved away from the Marianas after passing near Guam yesterday afternoon.

As of 2pm yesterday, the tropical storm watch for Guam and Rota was canceled as tropical storm conditions were no longer expected, according to the U.S. National Weather Service in Guam.

A hazardous seas warning remained in effect in the Marianas until 10pm last night. A small craft advisory will be in effect from 10pmlast night until 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday. There is a moderate risk of lightning the next few days.

With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, Tropical Storm 27W was moving northwest at 17 miles per hour, heading out into the open Philippine Sea.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam said last night that Tropical Storm 27W has been named Saola.

As of 1pm yesterday, the tropical storm’s center was 130 miles west-southwest of Guam, 180 miles southwest of Rota, 240 miles southwest of Tinian, and 255 miles southwest of Saipan.

The tropical storm is forecast to intensify slowly in the next few days and may become a typhoon by Thursday.

For Guam and Rota, southeast winds of up to 35 miles per hour were expected through 10pm Tuesday. Surf was dangerous Tuesday night along east and south facing reefs.

Seas will remain hazardous for operators of small craft through 6pm Wednesday.

Recreational boasters should remain in port or take shelter until waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for rough seas and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until hazardous seas subside.

The small craft advisory means that winds up to 25 knots and seas of 10 to 13 feet will produce conditions hazardous for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessel, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

Aa high surf warning indicates that dangerous battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in life-threatening conditions. Stay away from exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing east and south, as rip currents will be life threatening. (Ferdie de la Torre)

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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