Issued (10 UTC) 6pm PhT 051515
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Typhoon Dolphin is now moving across the Mariana Islands bringing dangerous weather conditions in the region. The center of Dolphin was last located passing between the islands of Guam and Rota; approximately 50km north northeast of Guam or about 170km southwest of Saipan. Maximum sustained winds are now at 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. Typhoon Dolphin is moving west northwestward at 30kph.
The National Weather Service has issued a Typhoon Warning fro Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Typhoon-force winds are expected to last in the region through 10pm this evening (local time). However, tropical storm conditions with heavy rains and high waves will last through early morning hours of Saturday. Please click HERE for the latest warnings and forecasts from the NWS
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image highlights the location of Typhoon Dolphin in relation to the Mariana Islands. The system never quite got its act together and remained weaker than our initial forecasts, thankfully. However, Typhoon Dolphin is still pretty dangerous and is still bringing strong winds in and around Guam. In fact, Andersen Air Force Base (northern side of the island) just reported winds of up to 106mph (170kph). Saipan is seeing lower wind speeds as the eye of Dolphin is actually moving more westerly, and will be moving very close to Guam in the next hour.
Radar Image from NWS
Latest radar image out of Guam shows the eye of Dolphin moving near the islands of Guam and Rota. Surrounding the eye is the eyewall where intense winds and rains are located. The eyewall is currently moving across the northern portion of Guam and we expect the area to be getting raked at this moment. Unfortunately, the Guam weather radar is now down possibly due to the typhoon. We await further updates from the NWS.
Typhoon Dolphin will quickly move through the region tonight. As mentioned before, expect typhoon-force conditions to eventually end later this evening. Tropical-storm force conditions will last through early morning hours of Saturday. Overall weather conditions should, then, gradually improve tomorrow afternoon. Typhoon Dolphin will be moving northwesterly across the Philippine Sea and eventually turn more to the north by early next week.
We'll have another update in the morning. Stay safe!