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Tropical Storm Watch in effect

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by Sabrina Salas Manatane

Guam - Island residents should start preparing now for some rough weekend weather. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. This means tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 miles per hour or more are possible within the next 48 hours. As of 7:00am the storm was located at around 315 miles East-Southeast of Guam. It is moving West-Northwest at 16 miles per hour. The current forecast track brings the center of the storm very near Guam around 12noon on Saturday. According to the NWS Forecast and Track and Wind Distribution Graphic winds could reach anywhere between 65-70mph as it passes by Guam. As a precaution island residents should begin securing loose items outside of their homes.

Island residents are encouraged to start securing loose items outside their homes and make sure your generators have fuel. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. According to the NWS Tropical Depression 09W is heading toward the Marianas. Its closet point of approach is around 12noon Saturday.

Starting this evening, island residents should expect northeast winds of 15-20mph. They are expected to increase after midnight to 30-40 miles per hour. The NWS reports that winds may briefly increase to 50-60 mph as the storm passes around mid-day Saturday.

The surf will become hazardous as the storm passes with coastal inundation expected to be 2-3 feet, especially near high tide. Heavy rainfall of 3-6 inches is likely as well. Local flooding is possible.

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