7:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Samoa time: A tropical cyclone has formed north of Fiji, and according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center's forecast track will head just west of Samoa sometime over the weekend.
JTWC projects 20P to track 66 miles west-southwest of Pago Pago at about 2 a.m. Sunday Samoa time, packing sustained 58-mph winds and 75-mph gusts at center. Storm Tracker will keep an eye on it.
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About the Author
Dave Ornauer has been with Stars and Stripes since March 5, 1981. One of his first assignments as a beat reporter in the old Japan News Bureau was “typhoon chaser,” a task which he resumed virtually full time since 2004, the year after his job, as a sports writer-photographer, moved to Okinawa and Ornauer with it.
As a typhoon reporter, Ornauer pores over Web sites managed by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as well as U.S. government, military and local weather outlets for timely, topical information. Pacific Storm Tracker is designed to take the technical lingo published on those sites and simplify it for the average Stripes reader.