Tropical storm no longer threatens Marianas

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Tropical Storm 30W was seen quickly moving away from the Marianas as of 2pm today and no longer poses an immediate threat to Guam and Rota.

 

According to a bulletin from the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has officially cancelled the Tropical Storm Watch that was in effect for the islands of Guam and Rota.

 

This means that damaging winds are no longer expected in the Marianas as a result of the expeditious departure of Tropical Storm 30W.

 

Although conditions have been cancelled, all residents of the Marianas are encouraged to remain cautious due to possible strong gusty winds and heavy rain showers. The  declaration of “all clear” from the Office of the Governor is anticipated at 8pm this evening.

 

As of 1pm today, Tropical Storm 30W was located about 115 miles southwest of Guam, about 170 miles southwest of Rota, about 230 miles southwest of Tinian, and about 245 miles southwest of Saipan.

 

As of 1pm, the center of Tropical Storm 30W was located near latitude 12.4 degrees north and longitude 143.4 degrees east moving west-northwest at 24 mph.

 

This west-northwest motion into the Philippine Sea is expected to continue the next few days with a gradual decrease in forward speed.

 

Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 mph.

 

Tropical Storm 30W is forecasted to intensify over the next few days, possibly becoming a typhoon Sunday afternoon or evening.

 

Tropical Storm force winds extend up to 85 miles northeast of the center and up to 105 miles to the northwest.

Kimberly B. Esmores | 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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