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Western Pacific to Remain Active This Week

Although the Atlantic Hurricane Season has had trouble building any steam this year, the Western Pacific has been full of life.

The season, which began on Jan. 1, has already had 24 named tropical storms and 10 typhoons, the equivalent to a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

Typhoon Fitow made landfall in eastern China on Monday morning, bringing more than a foot of rainfall to the region along with damaging winds at the coast.

Typhoon Danas is currently moving northeast of the Ryukyu Islands after delivering winds of 120 mph (195 kph) to Yoron Island on Monday.

Danas will next target southwest Japan and South Korea as it remains a typhoon on Tuesday.

A large area of unsettled weather from east of the Philippines through Mariana Islands, including Guam could generate multiple tropical cyclones this week.

Very low wind shear, combined with extremely warm ocean waters across the region will allow clusters of showers and thunderstorms to become better organized.

The most likely scenario is that an area of low pressure will develop east of the Philippines and strengthen into a tropical system later this week.

This tropical system would likely be steered slowly westward leading to impacted across the Philippines.

At the same time, the eastern edge of this unsettled weather could spawn a separate tropical cyclone near Guam during the second half of the week. The steering flow in this part of the Western Pacific Ocean will remain light and could lead to several days of nasty weather across the Marianas.

Anyone living or visiting areas from the Philippines to China, Taiwan and Japan should closely monitor for possible impacts from tropical cyclones later this week and into next week.