Typhoon In-fa to Threaten Guam Saturday
The 27th named tropical cyclone of the year has developed in the western Pacific Ocean.
Typhoon In-fa is currently northwest of Chuuk and southeast of Guam. Further strengthening is expected over the next several days.
As In-fa passed near Chuuk on Wednesday night and Thursday, it brought downpours and gusty winds. Earlier this week, In-fa brought more than 325 mm (13 inches) to Nukuoro Atoll in only 24 hours.
A continued northwest track will take In-fa south of Guam on Saturday. By this time, the cyclone could be as strong as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds over 160 km/h (100 mph).
In-fa will pass far enough south of Guam that the island will be spared the worst impacts; however, tropical storm conditions are expected with wind gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) and downpours capable of producing flash flooding.
Guam Weather Center
West Pacific Tropical Weather Center
Interactive Guam Weather Satellite
In-fa will continue to track northwest, away from Guam on Sunday and Monday before turning north and eventually northeast next week keeping it away from Japan and over the open Pacific Ocean.
Eventually, In-fa will likely be pulled into another storm system to the east of Japan and have no further impacts on land.