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Friday, April 18, 2014

Alamagan, Agrihan residents all safe

Super Typhoon Choi-Wan gained even more strength yesterday as it moved farther from the Northern Islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.

Fourteen people, including a 4-day-old baby, on Alamagan and four residents on Agrihan were all reported safe, according to Emergency Management Office geophysical seismic technician/supervisor John Takai Camacho.

As of 1pm yesterday, Super Typhoon Choi-Wan was 170 miles west of Agrihan, 200 miles west-northwest of Alamagan, and 310 miles north-northwest of Saipan.

From maximum sustained winds of 150 mph Tuesday night, the super typhoon gained more strength yesterday afternoon, packing 160 mph as it moved west-northwest at 10 mph from the Northern Islands.

At 2pm, the National Weather Service declared that no watches or warnings were in effect in the CNMI. The typhoon warning for Agrihan was canceled at 11:30am yesterday.

Camacho said EMO and the residents of Alamagan and Agrihan have been communicating through radios. He said the signal was very bad and EMO could hardly understand them but they soon learned that the residents had emerged unscathed.

“There’s one infant—4 days old. They are doing fine. We’re communicating with them,” Camacho said.

Camacho said it will take three days before they can assess the damage to crops and property in the Northern Islands.

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