Typhoon to Develop in Western Pacific

Tropical Depression 6 is expected to strengthen into a typhoon this week in the western Pacific. Before then, however, the system will pass by Yap as a strengthening tropical storm on Monday and Monday night, local time.

Yap was struck by Super Typhoon Maysak a little over a month ago, during the end of end of March and early April, which brought major damage to parts of the island nation. With this storm, impacts will not be anywhere near as severe, though wind gusts upwards of 70 mph (110 kph) and 4 to 8 inches (100-200 mm) of rain is expected. This could bring some damage to the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

After passing Yap early in the week, further strengthening is likely and Tropical Depression 6 is expected to become a significant typhoon with winds as strong as a Category 4 hurricane during the middle of the week. During this time the typhoon will be moving over the open water of the Philippines Sea.

Late in the week and into next weekend there is still uncertainty in the track with regards to a turn to the north, and eventually the northeast. The timing of this turn will determine the impacts in the Philippines.

At this time, AccuWeather Meteorologists feel that there is the threat for some rain and wind in northern Luzon this coming weekend, though it is possible that the worst of the storm will pass to the east of the island as the storm passes just to the east.

However, this track is still not final and there could be some changes in the coming days as new information is available. As this time, anyone with interests in the northern Philippines should continue to monitor this situation.