Located in the Western Pacific is a new tropical system that if it develops further, will become tropical storm SOULIK. This weather system appears to have very good organizational structure. As the storm is expected to intensify within the next 24 hours, it is now tracking west in an area just north of Guam and Saipan. The Mariana Islands are expected to receive high winds and high waves. No warnings or updates have been mentioned from the Guam National Weather service, but thunderstorms are already prevalent across the islands. Taiwan and the Southern Japanese islands should feel the wrath of this storm by the end of next week. Presently over Japan is an area of vertical wind shear that should affect the storm and break it up somewhat if it gathers any organization prior to reaching Japan. Prior storms had a negative effect on the island because of the high moisture from the Southwest Monsoon that is not present at this time, which should be good news for Japan. Further updates will be forthcoming. Information about this storm is courtesy of Western Pacific Weather.