Marianas Variety - Marianas Variety - Today's Headlines Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:38:45 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Governor declares ‘all clear’ for Saipan and Tinian; Agrihan, Pagan and Alamagan maintain Typhoon Condition I

(Office of the Governor) —  As Typhoon Cimaron continues to move away from the Marianas and no longer poses a threat to the islands, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres has declared “all clear” for Saipan and Tinian as of 7 Tuesday morning. But a Typhoon Watch still remains in effect for Agrihan, Pagan and Alamagan.

All government offices will re-open at 12:30 noon, Tuesday.

As of 4 a.m., Tuesday, the center of Typhoon Cimaron was located near 19.2 N Latitude, 146.2 E Longitude. Typhoon Cimaron is moving toward the West-Northwest at 14 MPH, and is expected to continue on a Northwest motion with little change in forward speed over the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 MPH. Typhoon Cimaron is forecast to intensify through Wednesday morning.

Also as of 4 a.m. Tuesday, Typhoon Cimaron was situated at 285 miles north of Saipan; 295 miles north of Tinian; 105 miles north of Alamagan; 80 miles north-northeast of Pagan; 45 miles northeast of Agrihan.

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Government offices to reopen at 12:30 noon; PSS classes on Saipan, Tinian canceled

(Office of the Governor) — In anticipation of an “all clear” to be declared Tuesday morning and to ensure the safety of government employees and their families, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said all government offices on Saipan and Tinian will reopen today, Aug. 21, at 12:30 p.m. Accordingly, non-critical government employees will report to work at that time.

In a separate advisory issued Monday evening, the Public School System announced that classes on Saipan and Tinian are canceled, Tuesday, but in the event that an “all clear” is declared, central office staff, school administrators and noncertified staff are to report to work.

On Tuesday morning, at least two private schools on Saipan — Mount Carmel School and Northern Marianas International School — have also canceled classes.

All Northern Marianas College classes on Saipan and Tinian remain canceled, but NMC employees are asked to report back to work today, Aug. 21, 2018, at 1 p.m.

The Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and the Commuter Terminal are open and back to normal hours of operation. But Sichuan Airlines Flight No. 3U8645 has been delayed until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A power outage has occurred in Kagman due to a downed transformer. Commonwealth Utilities Corp. crews will be working on the issue until the problem is resolved.

Additional advisories

Based on the latest weather update from the National Weather Service on Guam, as of 5 a.m., tropical storm warnings for Saipan and Tinian are now canceled. Despite Typhoon Cimaron no longer posing a threat to Saipan and Tinian,  residents are advised to maintain necessary precautionary measures for gusty winds and heavy rain showers associated with feeder band activity from the tail winds of the storm.

A Flash Flood Watch continues to be in effect for Saipan, Tinian, Alamagan, Pagan and Agrihan and is expected to last into Tuesday evening. Precipitation forecasts have increased to 7-9 inches of rain. Due to Typhoon Cimaron’s slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding. Rainfall of 4-5 inches have already been recorded.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management urges the community to take the following precautionary measures as we expect more rainfall in our area:

• Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

• Turn around. Don’t drown. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

• Avoid wading in floodwater as it may contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

• If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.

• Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Clear any debris around drainage areas.

• Continue to practice caution on the roadways as heavy rain is still expected to occur throughout the Marianas.

• Listen to authorities for information and instructions.

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until Tuesday evening. This means, wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small crafts. Seas are expected to be at 7 to 11 feet.

Although typhoon force winds are not expected on Saipan and Tinian, treacherous ocean conditions and rip currents are expected to occur at western-facing reefs in the Saipan Seaport and Tinian Taga Beach areas.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management, through the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, will maintain 24-hour operation, monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Cimaron and will be issuing bulletins as they become available.

Additionally, HSEM advises to keep a close watch on updates to weather forecasts and stay informed on the latest statements and advisories which will be available through local media sources and NOAA Weather radio broadcast on 162.5 megahertz, or call the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000, and for the Northern Islands to contact CNMI EOC State warning point at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0.


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