Developing tropical disturbance expected to pass through Yap and Palau this weekend; increased winds and showers possible for Marianas

(NWS) — The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

A developing tropical disturbance located just northwest of Weno in Chuuk State, about 565 miles southeast of Guam and 605 miles southeast of Saipan, was the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center on Thursday morning.

The current model consensus suggests that the disturbance will continue to develop and track generally westward over the next several days, across western Chuuk and eastern Yap states, through Friday night, and then western Yap state and the Republic of Palau this weekend.

Although there is no direct effect on Guam and the Northern Marianas from the disturbance, there is still uncertainty on the actual track and strength of the disturbance as it passes through Yap state and the Republic of Palau this weekend.

For the Marianas, much of the activity will pass south of the local area although it will increase winds and shower activity. The latest model guidance shows showers and thunderstorms increasing Thursday night and persisting through Friday night.

Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph Thursday will become breezy at 15 to 25 mph Friday and Friday night. Gusts to 35 mph could occur in heavier showers. Increasing winds and waves will be hazardous to small craft on Friday and Friday night. Seas and surf may increase and generate high rip current risk on north and east facing reefs.

Residents and visitors are advised to monitor current conditions by visiting the following links for the latest advisory information:

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Source: Marianas Variety :

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