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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Traffic appears to be picking up along Typhoon Alley, as the 13th numbered disturbance of the northwest Pacific’s tropical cyclone season spawned overnight Saturday near Guam.

Tropical Storm 13W, as yet unnamed, formed just as Tropical Storm Vongfong died out northeast of Tokyo, which it passed by at midday Saturday.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts call for 13W to make its way west before curving northwest on Wednesday between Okinawa and Taiwan.

"It’s too early to tell" if the new storm will become a threat to Okinawa, said Staff Sgt. Eric Bevard, a duty forecaster for Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing Weather Flight.

"We’re going to keep an eye on it."

At 9 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm 13W lay 540 miles west-northwest of Guam, moving west-northwest at 17 mph with sustained 40-mph winds and 52-mph gusts.

If it remains on its JTWC forecast track, 13W should be churning 386 miles southwest of Okinawa and 154 southeast of Taipei at 9 p.m. Friday, packing sustained 127-mph winds and 155-mph gusts at its center, equal to a Category 4 hurricane (Category 5 being the most severe).

Should 13W become a named storm, it will be called Rusa, a type of deer native to Java, Bali and Timor in Indonesia.


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