The National Weather Service has advised that Tropical Storm Yutu, which has formed southeast of Guam, is likely to strengthen into a category 3 typhoon by Thursday, October 25. As of 13:00 (local time) on October 22, the storm was located around 1270 km (790 mi) east-southeast of Guam, and moving west-northwest with winds of up to 65 km/h (40 mph). No landfall is currently forecast but adverse weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy rainfall, are expected October 24-25. The storm is also expected to similarly affect Northern Mariana Islands, passing north of Saipan on October 24.
Individuals present in the abovementioned locations are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, obey instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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