As of yesterday evening, Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres has placed the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota on Typhoon Condition 3.
That means destructive winds of 74 mph or more are possible within the next 48 hours.
As of 11pm last night, the center of Tropical Storm Mangkhut was about 870 miles east of Saipan; about 880 miles east of Tinian; about 910 miles east of Rota and about 945 miles east of Guam
Tropical Storm Mangkhut is moving west-northwest at 18 mph, and is expected to move on a westerly course, bringing Mangkhut into the Mariana Islands as a typhoon Monday night or Tuesday morning.
As Tropical Storm Mangkhut moves closer, the threat for sustained high winds is likely to increase. The latest forecast is for typhoon-force winds from late Tuesday morning to early Tuesday evening. Tropical Storm force winds are currently forecast to begin affecting the area early Tuesday morning.
The CNMI Office of the Governor, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to work in close coordination with the National Weather Service, Guam Weather Forecast Office to provide the latest weather updates to the community.
Stay tuned to the CNMI Office of the Governor and/or CNMI EOC State Warning Point FaceBook pages for the latest updates on partner agencies and official government operational statuses.
For more information regarding weather conditions, please contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237- 8000.
HSEM has deployed a team of key first responders and assets to the island of Rota including CUC linemen, DFEMS personnel and HSEM emergency managers to provide support as needed.
A bucket truck as well as several other equipment and tools necessary to begin storm preparations have been pre- positioned on the island of Rota by HSEM through coordination with its key local partners.
Support and coordination have been extended to the CNMI from both its federal and military partners from the mainland and the island of Guam in anticipation of weather conditions worsening over the next 48 hours.
To stay informed, HSEM urges the community to follow the following social media platforms to get the latest weather updates and information:
-CNMI EOC State Warning Point Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnmieocswp/
-CNMI Office of the Governor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CNMIGov/
-Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ralphdlg.torres/
-CNMI Joint Information Center: https://www.facebook.com/JICNMI/
-NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
-NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/