Tropical Depression 16W was 2,000 miles east of Guam and heading this way as of 7:51 a.m., according to a bulletin from the National Weather Service. But as of now, weather experts believe that if the storm does make it to Guam, it will bring winds of less than 39 miles per hour next week, according to NWS meteorologist Brandon Aydlett.
Mr. Aydlett spoke with Kandit Live Thursday afternoon to brief the people of the Marianas in this early stage of the storm watch. "We are in communication with officials in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands," Mr. Aydlett said.
"The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor all systems in the region, including what is now Tropical Depression 16W," states a news release from the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense. "As of 1p.m., the tropical depression was located near 12.1 degrees north latitude and 173.5 degrees east longitude, about 1935 miles east of Guam. It is moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. Tropical Depression 16W has weakened slightly since this morning and wind speeds are currently expected to be less than 39mph through the weekend. NWS will continue to monitor any changes in timing and/or intensity of 16W."
Listen to our interview with Mr. Aydlett below: