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Rough weather ahead heading into the weekend

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Keep your umbrellas handy and be ready to prepare for what could be some rough weather rolling in starting this weekend or early next week.

Mike Middlebrooke with the National Weather Service told KUAM News, "No sooner does Typhoon Phanfone get well off to the northwest that we have another disturbance developing down here around Kosrae and east of Phonhpei."

According to Middlebrook island residents should pay close attention to this tropical disturbance. "All we can say right now is that it will probably be a threat late Sunday and Monday - it could be a typhoon when it get into the region of the Marianas and depending on where it tracks we could get tropical storm or typhoon conditions possibly or it could pass north of Saipan like the previous system did," he said.

The disturbance is also closely being monitored by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center which issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert. JTWC also projects it will likely become a tropical depression tonight or Friday. According to Middlebrooke there's still a high degree of uncertainty regarding the exact track and intensity of the system as it develops, saying, "People should pay attention to this one, stay up to date on the statements that come out on it just beware that toward the end of the weekend early next week we could have a storm in the area."

And while the NWS monitors the disturbance currently a High Surf Advisory is in effect for Guam until 6 o'clock Saturday morning. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet is expected along west and south facing reefs through Friday night. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches as rip currents are life threatening.

Middlebrooke advises that October marks the beginning of typhoon season for Guam, so this could be the first of many. Typhoon season for Guam runs from now through December.
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