Tropical Storm Strengthens, To Pass Marianas This Weekend

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Soudelar likely to become typhoon prior to arrival

By Masako Watanabe

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 30, 2015) – A disturbance in the region has strengthened into a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Soudelor is tracking to pass through the northern Marianas late Sunday or early Monday, according to a National Weather Service forecast issued at 7 a.m. Friday.

The storm had sustained winds of up to 45 mph as of 7 a.m. It was located 895 miles east of Guam, the advisory states. The storm is expected to Intensify steadily and may become a typhoon as early as Saturday afternoon, the advisory states.

Whether the storm will have an impact to Guam remains unclear.

"It’s not clear whether Guam is going to be affected that much," Weather Service forecaster Mike Middlebrooke said Thursday.

Currently, tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 75 miles from the center, the advisory states.

The next Weather Service advisory is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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