Typhoon weakens as it passes near Agrihan


Jelawat peaked late Saturday night as a super typhoon but weakened to a tropical storm as it continued barreling yesterday toward the Northern Islands.

Moving east-northeast at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, Tropical Storm Jelawat’s center at 1pm yesterday was only 35 miles north-northwest of Agrihan and 85 miles north-northwest of Pagan.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service Guam, Jelawat is weakening rapidly as of 1pm and could soon be downgraded to a tropical depression.

As of 8am yesterday, a tropical storm warning was in effect for Agrihan and Pagan as Jelawat was moving east at 10 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

Jelawat did not pose a threat to Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph to 73 mph are expected within the next 24 hours.

Jelawat was expected to pass around 25 miles north of Agrihan late Sunday night or early this morning, Monday.

NWS also issued yesterday high surf advisories for north and west facing reefs of Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam as large swells from Jelawat across the region.

NWS said Jelawat remains a very disorganized tropical storm as vertical wind shear continues to wreak havoc on its storm structure.

As of 7am yesterday, the center of the storm was 125 miles west of Agrihan, 135 miles of west-northwest of Pagan, and 280 miles northwest of Saipan.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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