National Weather Service upgrades tropical depression to storm; Hurricane conditions are possible

Mawar looks even more impressive in today’s weather satellite images of the Pacific Ocean. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service office in Guam has issued a hurricane warning for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan in the Mariana Islands while a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Ulul and Poloat in Chuuk State and Satwal in Yap State; The tropical depression was upgraded to tropical storm status earlier today and the system will likely become a hurricane soon. In the Pacific Ocean, tropical cyclones that reach hurricane force with sustained winds are classified as hurricanes east of the International Date Line or as hurricanes west of the International Date Line. As of the latest update from the National Weather Service office in Tien, Guam, Mawar’s maximum sustained winds were 50 mph and were moving north-northwest at 5 mph.

Latest forecast track for Muar.  Photo: NWS
Latest forecast track for Muar. Photo: NWS

According to the National Weather Service, Maor is expected to maintain a general north-northwest direction with a slight increase in forward speed over the next 24 hours. Cyclone Maur is also expected to strengthen tonight and turn into a cyclone by tomorrow.

Currently, Mawar is located about 40 miles south of Buluwat, about 155 miles east-southeast of Satwal, and about 155 miles southwest of Olul. About 200 miles west-southwest of Chuuk, about 250 miles west of Lusap, about 570 miles southeast of Guam, about 595 miles southeast of Rota, about 640 miles southeast of Tinian, about 645 miles southeast of Saipan, and about 785 miles of East-southeast of Yap.

Guam is a territory of the United States and is the largest and southernmost island of the Mariana Islands and the largest island in Micronesia. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) emerged from Pacific Islands Trust Territory (TTPI) was administered by the United States on behalf of the United Nations from 1947 until Palau, the last TTPI member to choose its political future, became an independent nation in 1994. The National Weather Service office in Guam issues forecasts, warnings, and warnings for the area. The Typhoon Warning Center issues The joint venture, based in Honolulu, produces hurricanes between the equator and 25°N and 180-130°E.

The National Weather Service, which has a hurricane watch for Guam and surrounding islands, warns people: “When making decisions…do not focus on the exact path of the forecast,” adding that “it is too early to provide accurate values ​​for forecast winds and wind surge.” For specific locations in the Mariana Islands. The general concern should be the potential for widespread damage at least somewhere within the Mariana Islands.

For those who are on watch, this is a good time to start preparing their homes or businesses according to their hurricane disaster plan. People in the Mariana Islands are encouraged to listen to potential warnings and prepare to evacuate if necessary. “Heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders issued,” the National Weather Service warned in its latest update.

The National Weather Service also shared other related advice: “For interests in ports, piers, and marinas, it is recommended that you make the described preparations in accordance with your tropical cyclone emergency operations plan. If you live on a boat, begin safely securing your vehicle and make plans to abandon it for shelter.” Suitable on land. Listen to possible warnings. With regard to coastal waters under surveillance, small craft should return to port or search for them.

Just weeks ago, Tropical Storm Sanfo hit Micronesia. From April 19 to 22, a tropical storm hit the region with heavy rains and gusty winds. Pohnpei was the hardest hit of the islands, with 5 injuries reported and numerous fallen trees, including several that fell on and damaged homes.

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