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Tropical Storm Man-Yi expected to pass south of Guam on Thanksgiving

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The weather formation that's been moving at a brisk pace the last couple of days now has a name, and now has a schedule...and it looks to make this a rather unique Thanksgiving for island residents. So what does Mother Nature have in store for us over the holiday, and how concerned you should be?

What's now been dubbed Tropical Storm Man-Yi, named after a reservoir in Hong Kong, is approaching Guam, expected to make its presence most-known right around the time most of us will be preparing our festive holiday meals.

The storm has intensified considerably, and is moving at a very rapid pace to the northeast as it nears Guam. Projections have the system passing between our island and Yap sometime Thursday afternoon. Chip Guard, head meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said Guamanians will begin to feel gusts beginning Thursday morning and through the evening, as Man-Yi makes its way on its northern track. During this time the storm is expected to continue to gain force and reach typhoon-intensity, putting it on par with a Category 3 Typhoon once it moves away from Guam.

 
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While forecasts don't put Guam in immediate danger, we could still experience damaging winds of 39 miles per hour or greater, so caution is advised.

Guard also indicated that while initial data showed Man-Yi is a storm featuring more wind than rain, it has developed slightly to the point when Guam should see between 3-5" of rainfall through Friday.

Because of its position, island residents on the southeast coast would be wise to secure any tarps or canopies, as strong gusts could launch debris or party materials dangerously airborne. Those living in villages like Talofofo, Merizo and Inarajan should consider hosting parties inside.

Guam currently remains in Condition of Readiness 3 and under a Tropical Storm Watch, but with the storm's expected movement, the NWS does anticipate announcing a Tropical Storm Warning by 2pm today, with a possible change to COR2 possibly by late this afternoon.

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