The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor what has now formed into Tropical Depression 34W, formerly known as Invest 92W, as it passes south of Pohnpei and continues to move northwest.
As of 7 a.m., the tropical depression was located at 4.5 degrees north latitude, 156.2 degrees east longitude, about 220 miles southwest of Pohnpei and 995 miles southeast of Guam. It is moving west-northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. It is expected to intensify through Thursday, possibly becoming a tropical storm tonight.
On its current track, the system is forecast to pass between Guam and Yap on Thursday into Friday, around 200 miles south of Guam. At this time it is expected to bring wet and breezy conditions to the Marianas for Thursday but NWS will continue to closely monitor as some models suggest it may reach tropical storm force levels. Any shift in the system’s track could bring 34W and possible tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or more closer to Guam.
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 between Guam and Yap, residents and visitors of Guam should be prepared in the event there is a shift in the track.
To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to take basic precautionary actions:
Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories may be issued.
Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag.
Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and unblock clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.