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Tropical Storm Bualoi nearly a typhoon

(CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service on Guam, a typhoon warning is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected by Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or more are expected Monday night.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for Pagan and Alamagan where damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible on Tuesday. A typhoon watch remains in effect for Rota where damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater are possible Monday night or Tuesday morning. On Guam, a tropical storm watch remains in effect with damaging winds of 39 mph or higher possible Monday night.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Bualoi was about

305 miles north-northwest of Chuuk;

550 southeast of Pagan;

520 miles southeast of Alamagan;

410 miles southeast of Saipan;

415 miles southeast of Tinian;

410 miles east-southeast of Rota; and

425 miles east-southeast of Guam.

Bualoi was moving west-northwest at 13 mph. It is expected to turn northwest Sunday evening, and maintain a northwest track with little change in forward speed through Tuesday. This forecast track takes Bualoi just north of Saipan early Tuesday morning as a typhoon. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 70 mph. Intensification is expected to continue in the next few days, and Bualoi should be a typhoon by Sunday evening. Tropical storm force winds extend out to 95 miles northwest of the center, and up to 45 miles southwest of the center.

Because of Bualoi’s anticipated threat, acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the following conditions as of 2 p.m. Sunday:

• Typhoon Condition II:  Saipan and Tinian

Typhoon Condition II means that damaging winds of winds of 39 mph or more are expected by Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or more are expected Monday night.

• Typhoon Condition III:  Rota

Typhoon Condition III means that damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater are possible Monday night or Tuesday morning.

• Tropical Storm Condition III:  Alamagan and Pagan

Tropical Storm Condition III means that damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible on Tuesday.

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.