Tropical depression forms in Western Pacific

New tropical depression forms to the south of Guam, expected to move west toward Palau

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CWB map showing tropical depression's predicted path.

CWB map showing tropical depression's predicted path.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) announced at 2 a.m. this morning that a tropical storm has formed in the Western Pacific to the south of Guam, but more monitoring will be needed to determine whether it will become a typhoon.

As of 2 a.m. this morning, the CWB said Tropical Depression No. 4 was located at 8.00 degrees north latitude and 145.50 degrees east longitude and was moving at a speed of 28 kilometers per hour. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 43 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 72 kilometers per hour.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said that the models of various international weather agencies show that the tropical depression will move westwards towards waters near Palau in the near future. Whether it will develop into a full-fledged typhoon will require further observation, said Wu.