Yutu has just been upgraded to a super typhoon.
Super Typhoon Yutu now has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (241 kilometers per hour). It is moving northwest at 12 mph.
Yutu is expected to continue intensifying through at least Friday and is forecast to pass near Tinian as an extremely dangerous Category 5 typhoon.
Typhoon warnings remain in effect for Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan.
Based on the latest information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center’s State Warning Point, typhoon conditions are expected this evening through late Thursday morning on Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
Tropical storm conditions are expected for Guam late this afternoon through Thursday evening.
Tropical storm conditions are expected at Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan around midnight tonight
As of 2:43pm, the eye of Super Typhoon Yutu was moving west-northwest at 12 mph and is expected to continue this motion through Friday.
The current track brings Yutu just south of Tinian early Thursday morning.
Typhoon force winds extend outward from the center up to 65 miles. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 205 miles.
Because of the anticipated threat of Super Typhoon Yutu, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has maintained Typhoon Condition 1 for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota and upgraded Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan to Tropical Storm Condition 1.
Typhoon Condition 1 means that extreme winds of 74 mph or greater are expected within 12 hours or are occurring.
Tropical Storm Condition 1 means that damaging winds of 39-73 mph are expected within 24 hours. (HSEM)