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    Wednesday, November 20, 2019-2:18:12A.M.






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Tropical Storm Bualoi moving west-northwest


(CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service on Guam, a typhoon watch remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater are possible Monday night or Tuesday morning. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guam where damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible Monday night.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Bualoi was located at about

435 miles east-southeast of Saipan;

435 miles east-southeast of Tinian;

435 miles east-southeast of Rota;

450 miles east-southeast of Guam; and

545 miles southeast of Alamagan.

Maximum sustained winds: 60 mph.

Bualoi is moving west-northwest at 15 mph, and is expected to maintain this general course with a decrease in forward speed through Monday. The current track would take Bualoi near Tinian and Saipan by early Tuesday morning. Buloi may become a typhoon by Monday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 120 miles to the northwest and up to 85 miles elsewhere.

Because of the anticipated threat of Tropical Storm Bualoi, acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios maintained the following condition as of 5:30 a.m.:

• Typhoon Condition III: Saipan, Tinian, Rota

Typhoon Condition III means that damaging winds of 74-95 mph are possible within 48 hours.

For more information, call the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000. Those in the Northern Islands can contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0.