Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 102113
A new cyclone has formed in the Pacific this morning! Tropical Storm Lekima is currently developing near the Marshall Islands and was last located approximately 570km north northeast of the island of Pohnpei. Maximum sustained winds are now at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Lekima is currently moving northwestward at 10kph.
IR Image from FNMOC
Latest satellite image shows a quickly developing system with an improving central dense overcast and convective banding that wraps around the low-level center. Radial outflow is also pretty good and combined with the warm sea temperatures and low-wind shear, Lekima is enjoying the very favorable environment right now.
Tropical Storm Lekima will continue intensify as it moves slowly to the northwest. It could become a Typhoon by tomorrow and even undergo a period of rapid intensification. Latest computer models show a track across the Pacific with little chance of impacting any land although it may move near the Marianas Islands by Wednesday.
We'll have another update later today.