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    Wednesday, November 20, 2019-2:16:39A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

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All clear

(Weather-Ready CNMI/Joint Information Center) — Typhoon Bualoi made its pass just north of Anatahan before sunrise Monday morning, between 5 and 5:30 a.m.

“This, and the compact size of the typhoon, allowed the strongest, typhoon force winds to keep north of Saipan as it passed,”  National Weather Service meteorologist Marcus Landon Aydlett in an advisory.

“Preliminary reports indicate low-end to medium tropical storm force conditions over the island,” he added, referring to Saipan.

Acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the “All Clear” at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Government offices on Saipan and Tinian remain closed for Tuesday, but will reopen today, Wednesday.

Public School System and Northern Marianas College will resume classes on Saipan and Tinian on Wednesday

Shelters

Since 4 p.m. Sunday, the Office of the Governor in coordination with PSS and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs activated the following as shelters:

Koblerville Elementary School

Kagman High School

Marianas High School

Tanapag Middle School

San Vicente Elementary School

Tinian Elementary School

Dandan Head Start

Chalan Kanoa Head Start

Aging Center (for medical needs only)

The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority provided transportation to the shelters throughout the last two days.

Tents

Teams from the Saipan Mayor’s Office, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Corrections were deployed to assist residents erect their tents. First responders also assisted residents in transitioning back into their homes.

Power and water

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. announced that all feeders remain online and are running normal. No incidents have been reported through the storm.

Feeders 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 and Kiya 2 assessment are now complete.

Kiya 1 Kanat Tabla Reservoir has damaged service entrance and needs repair. Kanat Tabla tank service area is not affected.

Power line crews also continue to respond to isolated trouble calls.

All tank service areas are online. As water pressure builds to normal psi, customers will begin to receive water. However, customers may encounter low water pressure at the onset with airbursts that need to clear as well as brown water. Customers are advised to flush their water until it clears.

Wastewater service remains online and are running normal.

For their part, CUC Tinian and CUC Rota operations are running normal.

Roads

The Department of Public Works continue to respond to troubleshoot calls and concerns regarding drainages. Teams were dispatched to clear drainages to prevent severe flooding, as well as assess and secure traffic lights.

Airport

The Commonwealth Ports Authority  announced that the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and Tinian International Airport resumed normal operations. Airlines have maintained their respective delayed flight times, while inter-island commute has resumed.

Seaport

Heavy Weather Condition ZULU was announced by the U.S. Coast Guard for the ports of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota as of 8 a.m. Monday morning. All seaports remain closed, and port operations remain shut down.

Healthcare

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation closed its Agency Operation Center and reopened clinics at 12 noon Tuesday.

Northern Islands

There are 14 residents living on  Alamagan, Agrihan, and Pagan. CNMI first responders continue to ensure that their needs are met.

Law enforcement

The Department of Public Safety continues to patrol the villages of Saipan and Tinian. DPS continues to respond to 911 calls, monitor traffic flow and aid in ensuring roadways are kept safe and clear for responding emergency vehicles. Patrol vehicles and boating safety vessels are topped off with fuel to ensure the continuation of police assistance on land and sea.