Typhoon Lekima intensified into a supertyphoon while making its nearest approach to the Northern Islands Wednesday night.
As of 7pm Wednesday, the center of Supertyphoon Lekima was 305 miles east-northeast of Pagan, 415 miles northeast of Saipan and Tinian, 300 miles east of Agrihan, and 310 miles east-northeast of Alamagan.
Maximum sustained winds remain at 160 miles per hour and is moving toward the west-northwest at 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Guam. A gradual turn to the northwest with no change in forward speed are expected through today, followed by a northward turn this evening.
Lekima’s typhoon force winds extend out up to 65 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend up to 145 miles.
The forecast is that by Thursday morning, the supertyphoon’s center will be northwest of the Northern Islands.
Lekima is producing high seas in the CNMI.
NWS advised that interisland travel by boat should be delayed until seas have settled back down.
“Take any necessary action to protect property near the shore such as crops as hazardous surf may also produce 1 to 2 feet of coastal inundation especially along north and east facing reefs,” the agency said.