Typhoon Higos is slowly strengthening north-northwest of Pohnpei but no watches or warnings are in effect in the Northern Marianas so far.
Based on information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the center of Typhoon Higos was located at 1pm yesterday 775 miles east of Guam and 725 miles east-southeast of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
Higos was moving west-northwest at 3mph. A slow west-northwest to northwest motion is expected through Thursday, curving more to the north Thursday and Friday. This forecast track keeps Typhoon Higos well east of the Marianas.
Higos is forecast to continue intensifying through Tuesday morning, then begin a weakening trend that is expected to continue the rest of the week. By Saturday morning, Higos is expected to be a weakening tropical depression near Minami Tori Shima.
Residents of the Marianas are being urged to stay informed on this developing weather situation. Keep abreast of the latest forecasts and listen for any further statements from the National Weather Service and the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It will be monitoring the movement of the tropical depression and will be issuing bulletins as they become available.
“Please continue to monitor the official bulletins, which will be available through local media sources and NOAA weather radio broadcast on 162.5 megahertz, or call CNMI EOC Dispatch Center at 237-8000 or 211, and for the Northern Islands to contact the CNMI EOC Dispatch Center at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0. (HSEM)