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NWS Issues Special Weather Statement for the Marianas; Tropical Disturbance Could Impact the Marianas by Midweek

NWS Issues Special Weather Statement for the Marianas; Tropical Disturbance Could Impact the Marianas by Midweek

The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor a developing tropical disturbance in eastern Micronesia, currently located just northwest of Kosrae near 8 degrees north latitude and 160 degrees east longitude; about 1100 miles east-southeast of Guam and 1080 miles east-southeast of Saipan.

It is generating showers and thunderstorms across much of Pohnpei State and just north of Kosrae. The disturbance is the subject of a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is High. It is slowly moving westward and is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Marianas early this week.

There is still much uncertainty with the exact track of the system over the next 2 to 4 days as different models indicate that the center of the system could track anywhere from near Guam to north of Saipan. Some models indicate that it may even pass east of the Mariana Islands. It is unknown at this time how strong it will be or the exact location in or near the Marianas it is expected to pass.

Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam the disturbance will pass and the strength, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions now. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
·Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or dangerous seas may be issued.
·Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list. 
·Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag. Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, before inclement weather arrives.
·Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear.
·Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
As NWS continue to monitor this developing system, stay up to date with the latest advisory information in the coming days: 
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·      NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·      GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·      GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

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