Typhoon Neoguri, spawned out of Tropical Storm 08W, is still churning along in the Pacific Ocean.
The storm is likely to hit Japan after it formed just south of Guam. During the next 12 to 36 hours, the storm will become more organized and strengthen.
“During this time, transition into a typhoon is expected as it continues to intensify and track northwest over the open western Pacific,” writes Meteorologist Eric Leister on AccuWeather.com. “Before the end of the weekend, the storm will have become a typhoon as it continues to move away from Guam.”
According to the Pacific News Center, the worst is over for Guam and the Marianas.
“When these systems develop they generally don’t have a symmetrical wind field. So the strongest winds don’t necessarily have to be at the center and in this case the strongest winds were actually at the south and east side of the storm. And we were on the east side,” Meteorologist Derek Williams said. “I think they had it at 40 mph sustained winds. We certainly saw that on Guam.”
Here’s the AP advisory:
WTPQ31 PGUM 041538
TROPICAL STORM NEOGURI (08W) ADVISORY NUMBER 7
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU WP082014
200 AM CHST SAT JUL 5 2014
…TROPICAL STORM NEOGURI NEARING TYPHOON STRENGTH…
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
SUMMARY OF 100 AM CHST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 330 MILES WEST OF GUAM
ABOUT 355 MILES WEST OF ROTA
ABOUT 385 MILES WEST OF TINIAN
ABOUT 395 MILES WEST OF SAIPAN
ABOUT 285 MILES NORTH OF ULITHI
ABOUT 335 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF YAP
ABOUT 595 MILES NORTHEAST OF KOROR
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NORTHWEST AT 16 MPH
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
AT 100 AM CHST…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM NEOGURI
WAS LOCATED BY SATELLITE NEAR LATITUDE 14.0 DEGREES NORTH AND
LONGITUDE 139.9 DEGREES EAST.
TROPICAL STORM NEOGURI IS MOVING NORTHWEST AT 16 MPH. THIS GENERAL
MOTION WITH A SLIGHT DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING
THE NEXT 12 HOURS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO 70 MPH. TROPICAL STORM
NEOGURI IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTENSIFYING DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS AND MAY BECOME A TYPHOON LATER THIS MORNING.
THE NEXT SCHEDULED ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE LATER THIS MORNING AT 800 AM.
Delivered by Weather Underground Inc. Fri Jul 4 2014 11:38AM EDT