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Tropical storm warning in effect for Guam and Rota

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(NOAA/Weather-Ready Nation) — Typhoon Wutip continues toward the west-northwest Saturday morning, now as a Category-3 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. There is some good news to report on this storm. The latest track shows the closest point of approach has shifted a bit farther from Guam, now at about 190 miles to the southwest. Wutip also appears to be near peak intensity for its expected life span. Finally, the duration of tropical storm force winds will likely be shorter than previously forecast due to a westward shift on the latest track. However, don’t let your guard down, conditions will be wet and windy through Sunday.

Current observations over the last few hours at the Guam airport show sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph, with gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Peak wind gust so far (about 806 AM) was 56 mph. Winds are expected to increase further, but not by too much as forecasters expect only low-end tropical storm force winds across Guam as this storm passes.

Seas and surf

Seas and surf remain dangerous across the region Saturday morning. Buoys around Guam show seas have climbed steadily since Friday afternoon. Dangerous surf along eastern exposures will quickly wrap around to the south and then southwest Saturday evening, and possibly to the west on Sunday. Stay out of the water and away from exposed beaches and shorelines. Seas and surf will build to over 20 feet. Go to the surf zone forecast to see the full text on these conditions:

https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=GUM&issuedby=MY&product=SRF&format=txt&version=1&glossary=0 

For the latest on Typhoon Wutip, including text bulletins and graphics, go to https://www.weather.gov/gum/Cyclones

For the latest on government actions and preparedness in response to Typhoon Wutip:

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense: https://www.ghs.guam.gov

Saipan/CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management: http://www.cnmihsem.gov.mp

For the latest public and marine forecasts:For the latest public and marine forecasts:https://www.weather.gov/gum/PublicForecasts