Tingting moves away from Guam, but upgraded to typhoon
What was previously Tropical Storm Tingting may not have been a typhoon at the time, having been upgraded to a typhoon by the National Weather Service at 5pm Monday, but for thousands of island residents it sure felt like it. Since Governor Felix Camacho signed an executive order Sunday afternoon declaring a state of emergency for Guam, the Guam Fire Department responded to more than 30 calls for storm-related rescue assistance.
Those requests ranging from flood and landslide evacuations and overturned vehicles in central and northern Guam to calls of a missing swimmer in Tumon Bay. A Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect for Guam, and a Flash Flood Warning will remain in effect for Guam until 3am Tuesday. The island also remains in Condition of Readiness "3".
The National Weather Service placed Tingting about 200 nautical miles to the north-northeast of Guam and 85 nautical miles to the north-northeast of Saipan. It is expected to continue a northwest track through the Marianas - so it is moving away.
While that may sound like good news, the bad news is, as was alluded to at the top of the article, Tropical Storm Tingting has now been upgraded to a typhoon. Its center was located near 16.8 degrees north latitude and 145.7 degrees east longitude, placing it about 240 miles to the north of Guam. Typhoon Tingting is moving northwest at 9 MPH . The system is expected to maintain this course over the next 24 hours wit slight turn to the north-northwest.
Maximum sustained winds are 75 MPH with gusts to 90 MPH. Typhoon Tingting is expected to intensify further over the next 24 hours. Damaging winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. Essentially the typhoon is moving further away from Guam.
As for your sea and surf forecast, combined seas are 16-18'. Small craft are advised to remain in port. The U.S. Coast Guard is advising residents to stay clear of reef lines until the surf fully subsides.