AS TROPICAL DEPRESSION INTENSIFIED THURSDAY
Classes still on unless Hocog declares condition 2
An intensifying tropical depression prompted the Emergency Operations Center to issue a Tropical Storm Condition 3 yesterday at 4pm for Saipan and Tinian.
As of 8pm last night, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan, while a tropical storm watch also remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service Guam, tropical storm conditions including winds of 39 miles per hour or more are possible within 24 hours.
As of 7pm yesterday, the center of the tropical depression was 175 miles west-northwest of Tinian, 180 miles west-northwest of Saipan, 190 miles northwest of Rota, 210 miles west-southwest of Alamagan, 210 miles north-northwest of Guam, 220 miles southwest of Pagan, and 250 miles southwest of Agrihan.
Packing maximum sustained winds at 35mph, as of 7pm yesterday, the tropical depression was moving northeast at 10pmh and was expected to turn to the north while gradually increasing in forward speed the next 24 to 36 hours.
The forecast is that the tropical depression, which could become a tropical storm later Thursday night, will move farther away from Saipan but very close to Agrihan, Pagan, and Alamagan today, Friday, at 10am.
Public information specialist Daisy Demapan said that as of 4pm yesterday, Tropical Storm Condition 2 was also issued for Pagan, Agrihan, and Alamagan.
“Please secure loose objects such as tents, building materials, and any other objects that may become loose due to winds,” said Demapan in a press statement.
Demapan said as of 3:30pm, the U.S. National Weather Service Guam has advised of heavy rains and possible flash flooding Thursday night until today, Friday.
Acting education commissioner Yvonne Pangelinan said yesterday that it’s too early to tell about cancellation of classes.
“If the acting governor Victor Hocog declares condition 2, classes will be cancelled, but until then, we are still on,” Pangelinan said.
Persistent rain in the past few days caused flooding in some low-lying areas on Saipan.