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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tropical Storm Saomai moves away from NMI

Gov. Benigno R. Fitial canceled yesterday morning tropical storm condition 1 for the island of Rota and declared an all-clear condition after Tropical Storm Saomai 08W quickly moved away from the Marianas region.

Fitial, however, advised the public to avoid venturing near reefs and exposed beaches as wind and wave conditions support life-threatening rip currents.

Continental Micronesia and Continental Connection resumed regular operations for all their inbound and outbound flights yesterday. The airline said it expects no disruption to its operations. It said that passengers whose flights were canceled will be accommodated by Continental Micronesia’s normally scheduled service between Guam and Saipan. Passengers can call 647-6453 for an update to their flight information.

A staff from the Emergency Management Office told the Saipan Tribune yesterday afternoon that no major flooding or evacuation of families was reported in the CNMI.

On Rota, firefighter Terrence Taimanao said the tropical storm only brought scattered rains and a little bit of wind. He said that no drowning, flooding or damage to property was reported.

According to EMO, as of 11am yesterday, Tropical Storm Saomai 084 was located near latitude 14.6 degrees north and longitude 143.8 degrees east.

The location was 100 miles northwest of Guam, 100 miles west-northwest of Rota, 125 miles of west-southwest of Tinian, and 135 miles west-southwest of Saipan.

In its bulletin, EMO said the storm was moving northwest at 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 5omph. This general motion was expected to continue over the next 12 to 24 hours. The storm was also expected to intensify slowly over the next 12 hours.

EMO said it would continue to monitor the movement of the tropical storm, as it continues moving away from the Marianas.

In its marine advisory, EMO said a new westerly swell generated by the tropical storm may generate high surf along the south southwest and west facing exposures by late Monday or Tuesday as the tropical storm move toward the northwest.

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