Tropical storm Soulik cancels Street Market

Yesterday’s strong rain, together with the rare flash of lightning and roaring thunder, ultimately cancelled the weekly Street Market at the Garapan Fishing Base.

Lucy Selepeo, the performing arts coordinator in charge of handling the Street Market, said it was decided to cancel the weekly event as the weather refused to cooperate.

“…We had an advisory this morning that there may be flooding. The strong winds might also blow away the tents,” Selepeo told Saipan Tribune yesterday in a phone call late afternoon.

“Every time the weather [gets bad], we cancel the Street Market because of possible accidents due to the electric wires and the tents [being blown off]. When we get [an advisory] from the Emergency Management Office early in the morning…we base the decision to call off the Street Market off of that,” Selepeo said, noting that if the weather improves next Thursday, “we could expect the Street Market to be up and running.”

Selepeo’s office receives weather advisories from the CNMI Emergency Management Office early in the morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, the cause of heavy rains and strong winds yesterday, Tropical Storm Soulik, is expected to head northeast toward Japanese waters.

As of 1pm yesterday, Soulik’s maximum sustained winds were at 40 mph while its movement toward Japan was clocked at a 20mph pace and expected to rise to a 105mph pace as it nears Japan.

Soulik is expected to make landfall in Japan next week.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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