Tropical depression forms near Guam
A tropical depression which formed early Monday morning south of Guam is moving away from the Marianas, but leaving behind heavy rain and winds.
Inclement weather has caused pockets of power outages, which are unrelated to the recent power rationing, Guam Power Authority said. The outages, including those in Mangilao and Dededo, are being addressed, GPA said. r[estrict]
As of 7 a.m., the depression was located about 60 miles southwest of Guam.
With maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, Tropical Depression 18W is moving west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Weather Service said.
The island can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, with locally heavy rain and gusty winds. Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are possible during heavy showers, the weather service said.
A wind advisory for Guam’s airport is in effect till 4 p.m. Winds of 15 to 20 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots, are expected, especially during heavy showers, the weather service stated on its website.
A small craft advisory is in effect till 6 p.m. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing, the weather service said.
The system is not expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the Marianas, but residents should stay atop of latest developments, the weather service said. Pacific Daily News [/restrict]