Issued (0430 UTC) 1230pm PhT111715
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After nearly a month of inactivity, a new Tropical Depression has formed in the Western Pacific this morning. Tropical Depression 27W is currently moving near the Caroline Islands and was last located approximately 530km southeast of Pohnpei. Maximum sustained winds are at 45kph with gusts of up to 65kph. TD 27W is currently moving westward at 25kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the location of TD 27W. The system is still in the early stages of development with the low-level center becoming more consolidated. We expect continued intensification as TD 27W will be moving through conducive environment in the Pacific.
Current computer model tracks all show a general west northwestward movement in the coming days. Continued intensification is likely and may help TD 27W reach typhoon-strength later this week. Furthermore, current consensus shows a track that may take 27W near Guam and the Marianas Islands this weekend.
We urge residents in the region to continue monitoring the progress of Tropical Depression 27W.