It is now a tropical storm. The weather system that, for the past couple days was Tropical Depression 16W near the Marshall Islands, has increased in intensity and now is Tropical Storm 16W, according to a 2 p.m. August 13 update from the National Weather Service.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center upgrades a storm to a tropical storm once maximum sustained winds reach 39 miles per hour. According to the NWS release, 16W is packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, and is moving west at 15 miles per hour. It was last located 1,555 miles east of Guam.
Stay tuned for Kandit for continuing updates on Tropical Storm 16W.