Tropical storm watch issued for Guam and Rota

Illustration courtesy of the National Weather Service Guam Forecast office

A tropical storm watch for Guam and Rota has been issued as a tropical depression moves toward the Marianas.

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 24 hours, the National Weather Service on Guam stated Saturday afternoon.

As of 1 p.m., the tropical depression was located 10.5 degrees north latitude and 156 degrees east longitude; about 350 miles northeast of Chuuk and 785 miles east southeast of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, NWS stated.

The tropical depression is moving west-northwest at 18 mph. The current forecast track would bring the system near the Marianas by Monday afternoon and will likely become a tropical storm or typhoon, NWS stated.

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