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Tropical Storm Dolphin heading towards the Marianas

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It may have been sunny out today, but Dolphin is headed in our direction and the closest point of approach is anticipated on Friday. NWS chief meteorologist Chip Guard told KUAM News, "[The storm] finally has moved out of the deep tropics its moved pass of Pohnpei. It's now about 920 miles east southeast of Guam."    

Dolphin is expected to intensify and forecasted to become a typhoon Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  "The blue area is damaging winds the yellow area inside the blue is destructive winds 60 MPH or more and the red area is typhoon force winds," he said, describing a projection map.

NWS tracking has shown that Tropical Storm Dolphin has come closer to Guam. "So now it's just over the southern part of the island or just off the southern part of the island the trend has been moving more toward the north of the island so we will have to keep a close watch on the system and see what happens over the next day and a half."

Guard says they are still unsure of the intensity at this time the storm is not intensifying quickly however they project that during the closest point of approach it could carry wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. "It could be a direct hit it could be off to the south and it could be off to the north its three days out and that is still a long ways out so we could expect it to be anywhere between Guam and say Saipan," he said.

He stresses that people should be aware that every six hours a new forecast is projected and when we enter into a Typhoon Watch updates will be provided every three hours. He anticipates that Guam will go into a Typhoon Watch on Wednesday and then on Thursday a Typhoon Warning. "It seems like it will be the closest in awhile; at least it's going to be the strongest closest storm in awhile. God, we have so many in the area, but I think this is going to be the first direct hit in quiet awhile."

According to Guard, we are in an El Nino period and may see a series of storms as Tropical Storm Dolphin marks the seventh of the year thus far. 

 


 

 

 

Chip Guard with the National Weather Service discusses the latest with Tropical Storm Dolphin.

Posted by KUAM News on Monday, May 11, 2015

 

 

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