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Depression forecast to become tropical storm

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, September 28, 2009) – As of 7 p.m. yesterday, Tropical Depression 18W was located 840 miles east-southeast of Guam and 390 miles east-northeast of Chuuk. It was moving west at 17 mph and was expected to turn to the west-northwest with little change in speed through tonight, the National Weather Service said.

The tropical depression has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. It could become a tropical storm today, the weather service added.

"No tropical cyclone watches or warnings are in effect," NWS said at 7 p.m. last night. "However, people in the Marianas and surrounding waters should closely monitor the development and movement of 18W.

[PIR editor’s note: According to weather website Tropical Storm Risk, tropical depression "eighteen" is expected to build to a tropical storm in the next 12 hours and pass directly over Guam on Wednesday]

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