The CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency issued a flood advisory yesterday to warn the public of possible flooding due to heavy rainfall yesterday morning.
Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point said that doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in low-lying areas of Tinian and Saipan.
Some locations that will experience flooding include Garapan, Dandan, China Town, Tanapag, As Mahetog, Koblerville, San Jose (Tinian municipality), San Antonio, Chalan Kanoa I, Chalan Kanoa II, Chalan Kanoa III, San Roque, Kagman, Chalan Kanoa IV, Kagman III, Gualo Rai, Afetnas, Chalan Piao, Fananganan, and Chalan Laulau.
The public is being advised to turn around when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Saipan residents are urged to be mindful of the precautionary/preparedness actions and to stay informed on the latest statements and advisories which will be available through local media sources or call CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000, and for the Northern Islands to contact CNMI EOC State Warning Point at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0. (PR)