Tropical Storm 22W, which has been named Tropical Storm Bualoi, continues to move west-northwest, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving west-northwest at 16 mph.
A typhoon watch remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater are possible Monday night or Tuesday morning.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guam. Damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible Monday night.
Meantime, at 10:42pm on Oct. 19 2019, a report of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 27 kilometers southeast of Rota. Currently, no tsunami warnings or advisories are issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point, as of 5am this morning, Tropical Storm Bualoi was located about 270 miles north of Chuuk, about 530 miles east-southeast of Saipan, about 535 miles east-southeast of Tinian, about 535 miles east-southeast of Rota, about 545 miles east-southeast of Guam, and about 630 miles southeast of Alamagan.
Bualoi is expected to maintain this general course with a decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours.
Bualoi is forecast to intensify through Tuesday night, possibly becoming a typhoon by Monday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 60 miles.
Bua loi is a Thai term for a form of dessert.
Because of the anticipated threat of Tropical Storm Bualoi, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota continue to be under Typhoon Condition 3. That means that damaging winds of 74-95 mph are possible within 48 hours.
The CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point will be monitoring the movement of Tropical Storm Bualoi and will be issuing out bulletins as they become available.