Typhoon Bualoi has finally left the Marianas.
Although the “All Clear” was declared for Saipan and Tinian last Monday, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan were still under Tropical Storm Condition 2 through the early morning hours of Wednesday morning.
As of 2:15pm yesterday, the “All Clear” signal was declared for the three Northern Islands only yesterday, as Typhoon Bualoi continues to move northwest.
Bualoi continues to move northwest at 17 miles per hour and it is expected to make a turn to the north with a slight increase in forward speed through Thursday, based on information from the National Weather Service in Tyan, Guam, and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 140 mph. Typhoon force winds extend outward from Bualoi’s center up to 40 miles, while tropical storm force winds extend outward from Bualoi’s center up to 140 miles.
Bualoi tracked north of Saipan early Tuesday morning and passed the uninhabited Anatahan as it drifted northwest, resulting in just damp weather on Saipan and Tinian.
Shortly after passing the CNMI, Bualoi intensified into a Category 4 typhoon and continued going just northeast of Japan, which has already seen the aftermath of Super Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least 70 people. Nagano in central Japan and Fukushima and Miyagi in the north were among the hardest-hit areas.
The U.S. Coast Guard opened yesterday at 8am the ports of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota to all commercial vessel traffic and cargo operations.