In the Western Pacific, where once-Super Typhoon Neoguri is finally weakening and moving away from land, a new system has formed.
Tropical Storm 9W was upgraded from its tropical depression status early Friday and looks like it will continue to strengthen into a typhoon over the coming days.
The storm, set to cross Guam Saturday local time, will then continue moving westward through the weekend and into next week.
Currently, an initial landfall looks to come on the northern islands of the Philippines, possibly Wednesday or Thursday.
If the storm remains at Typhoon strength, locals in the Philippines will need to brace for extreme winds and heavy, torrential rains that could lead to mudslides.
Meteorologists in the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center will be monitoring this strengthening storm in anticipation of its possible effects in the Philippines and, eventually, into China.