Tropical storm is moving much faster and is less than 700 miles east of Saipan
Tropical Storm Soudelor is coming closer to the Marianas faster than it did throughout the day. As of 7 PM (CHST), the system was about 690 miles east of Saipan and 775 miles away from Guam, moving at about 15 MPH.
Regarding the forecast track of the storm, the National Weather Service writes, “Soudelor is expected to move in a general west-northwest direction for the next few days on a track that would take it through the Northern Mariana Islands near Alamagan late Sunday night or early Monday morning.”
Tropical Storm Soudelor has maintained its Maximum Sustained Winds at 45 MPH today but is expected to gain strength for the next few days. It may become a typhoon late Saturday. As typhoon conditions are now possible within 48 hours for some of Marianas and CNMI, NWS issued Typhoon Watches for Agrihan, Pagan, Alamagan, Saipan, and Tinian.
Courtesy of pacificnewscenter.com