Tropical storm heads for NI

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Less than a week following Typhoon Cimaron and the severe flooding it brought to the CNMI, yet another weather disturbance is expected to graze the Commonwealth’s Northern Islands.

Yesterday, at 1pm, the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, said that Tropical Depression 25W, now designated as Tropical Storm Jebi, is making its way to the Marianas.

According to an NWS advisory, Tropical Storm Jebi is expected to intensify as it approaches the northern part of the Mariana Islands.

At 1pm yesterday, Jebi was moving northwest at 16 mph and is expected to make a turn toward the west-northwest with a decrease in forward speed over the next few days.

Maximum sustained winds of 40 mph are expected as Tropical Storm Jebi continues to intensify through the remainder of the week.

Jebi is forecasted to become a typhoon later today or early Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 90 miles to the north and up to 65 miles to the south.

Jebi was located at about 805 miles east of Saipan, 810 miles east-southeast of Alamagan, 820 miles east-southeast of Pagan, 840 miles east-southeast of Agrihan, and 880 miles east of Guam as of yesterday.

On its current track, Tropical Storm Jebi is expected to pass near Agrihan early on Friday.

Any inter-island travel in the far Northern Islands should be completed by this afternoon.

Tropical typhoon watches may be issued today due to the possibility of heavy showers, strong gusty winds, and dangerous marine conditions.

Commonwealth residents are encouraged by the Office of the Governor to stay informed of the latest forecasts and statements from the National Weather Service and the CNMI Emergency Management Office. The latest weather forecasts and advisories are available on the WFO Guam website at www.weather.gov/gum/.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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