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All clear for Saipan, Tinian

HOMELAND Security and Emergency Management declared an “all clear condition” for the islands of Saipan and Tinian as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, while advising the public to expect rain and winds of 30-35 knots beginning last night and into today.

But the Public School System, which suspended all classes on Saipan and Tinian on Tuesday, said schools on both islands will remain closed Wednesday, Oct. 1, “due to administrative matters involving pupil transportation and food and nutrition services.”

On Tuesday morning, designated shelters were activated in anticipation of Tropical Storm Phanfone with Gov. Eloy S. Inos declaring Tropical Storm Condition 1 for Saipan, Tinian, and the Northern Islands as of 10:40 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, Phanfone was expected to pass over the far Northern Mariana Islands early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds at 50 mph. Phanfone was expected to become a typhoon on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, the following shelters were activated on Saipan: Kagman Community Center, Tanapag Elementary School, Garapan Elementary School, Kagman High School, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Dandan Middle School and Koblerville Elementary School.


Puddles can be seen along a sidewalk on Beach Road Tuesday afternoon.  Photo by Richelle Ann Agpoon-CabangPuddles can be seen along a sidewalk on Beach Road Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Richelle Ann Agpoon-Cabang

Garapan Elementary School Principal Liela Yumul, center,  vice principal Derwin Johnson, pupil transportation personnel John Taitano and tradesman Mars Acera prepare the school’s mobilization plan on Tuesday night.  Photo by Andrew O. De GuzmanGarapan Elementary School Principal Liela Yumul, center, vice principal Derwin Johnson, pupil transportation personnel John Taitano and tradesman Mars Acera prepare the school’s mobilization plan on Tuesday night. Photo by Andrew O. De Guzman

Emergency transportation was also made available to residents who wanted to seek shelter.

Marianas High School will not be used as an emergency shelter due to flooding concerns, according to the governor’s public information specialist Luis John DLG. Castro.

At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Eloy S. Inos allowed all non-critical government employees to leave and secure their homes and property.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, a typhoon watch remains in effect for the far Northern Mariana Islands, including Pagan and Alamagan.

Residents of Saipan and Tinian are advised to take extra care when driving on the highways due to heavy rain showers and possible flooding in low-lying areas.

On Tuesday, Northern Marianas College suspended its classes at 11 a.m. Classes were also suspended in private schools. NMC on Tuesday evening said its classes will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

In an interview Associate Education Commissioner for Administrative Services Glen Muna said PSS is always ready when it comes to responding to an emergency.

“Our staff and the staff of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are always prepared to assist,” he added.

People who sought shelter at schools on Tuesday were advised to provide their own food, water and bedding.