Intensifying tropical storm bearing down on Pacific islands

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — An intensifying tropical storm in the Pacific is bearing down on Micronesia and could threaten the U.S. territory of Guam in the coming days.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam reports typhoon warnings are in place for Satawal in Yap State and Puluwat in Chuuk State, both part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The current maximum sustained winds are around 65 mph (104 kph), but the National Weather Service expects the storm will intensify through Saturday local time when it will be closer to Guam. The storm could become a typhoon later Thursday.

The center of the storm is about 735 miles (1,183 kilometers) southeast of Guam and 135 miles (217 kilometers) south of Chuuk. It is expected to make a slight turn to the northwest at about 13 mph (21 kph).