System forecasted to impact Marianas as a typhoon

The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor what is now Tropical Depression Yutu. As of 7 a.m., Yutu was located near 8.7 degrees north latitude, 156.4 degrees east longitude, about 855 miles east-southeast of Guam and 845 miles east-southeast of Saipan, moving west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Yutu is expected to continue developing, becoming a tropical storm later today.

On its current track, Yutu is expected to pass just north of Saipan as a typhoon on Thursday.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for the Marianas at this time but this can change in the coming days.

There is still some uncertainty with the exact track and forecast intensity of the system as it approaches the Marianas. Although current models have it passing north of Saipan, residents and visitors of Guam should be prepared in the event there is a shift in the track.