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Tropical Storm Bualoi turning a little northwest

(CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service on Guam, a typhoon warning remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan with damaging winds of 39 mph or more expected by Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or more expected Monday night. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Pagan and Alamagan with damaging winds of 39 mph or higher possible on Tuesday. A typhoon watch remains in effect for Rota with damaging winds of 39 mph or more possible Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater 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.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Bualoi was about 

510 southeast of Pagan;

485 miles southeast of Alamagan;

370 miles east-southeast of Saipan;

375 miles east-southeast of Tinian;

375 miles east-southeast of Rota; and

390 miles east-southeast of Guam.

Bualoi was moving northwest at 13 mph, and is expected to maintain a northwest track with little change in forward speed through Tuesday. this forecast takes Bualoi just north of Saipan early Tuesday morning as a typhoon.

Marcus Landon Aydlett, a meteorologist of the National Weather Service, said: “A small southward shift would bring stronger winds to Saipan and Tinian; a northward shift would pull the strongest winds farther from Saipan and Tinian…. Everyone in the Marianas should keep a close watch on this one — even for us on Guam and Rota, as we are not out of the woods yet — not until it moves west of the Marianas. This storm will make a pass through the island chain late Monday night/early Tuesday morning with a path similar to [Super Typhoon] Hagibis two weeks ago — but not at the intensity Hagibis was at its time of passage.”

Because of Bualoi’s anticipated threat, acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the following conditions as of 5 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.