Bualoi may pass north of Saipan early Tuesday as a typhoon

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The National Weather Service reports that Tropical Storm Bualoi continues to strengthen this morning with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph now.

The forecast track has shifted just a little to the north.

The center of the storm is now projected to pass just north of Saipan early Tuesday morning at which time it is expected to be a typhoon.

This current track pulls the tropical storm force winds north and away from Rota, and the typhoon force winds north and away from Tinian. However, a small shift in forecast track to the south, even just 20 miles, could bring much stronger winds to those islands.

At 7 AM Sunday Tropical Storm Bualoi was located near 11.6 north latitude and 151.9 east longitude. It was moving west-northwest at 15 mph.

About 495 miles east-southeast of Guam
About 480 miles east-southeast of Saipan
About 480 miles east-southeast of Tinian
About 480 miles east-southeast of Rota
About 285 miles north of Chuuk

Bualoi is a Thai word that refers to a type of dessert in Thailand.

The weather forecasts for today calls for fair and pleasant conditions across the Marianas.

Residents are advised to use this day to prepare, especially if you are in the CNMI. Changes can still occur with the forecast track, timing and storm intensity.

While this current forecast calls for a category 2 typhoon with max winds of 105 mph as it passes through the Marianas late Monday or early Tuesday, it is prudent to prepare for the next category intensity in case the storm intensifies faster than currently forecast.

A Typhoon Watch remains in effect for Saipan, Tinian and Rota. This means damaging winds of 39 mph or more *are possible* Monday, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or greater *are possible* Monday night or Tuesday morning.

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Guam. This means damaging winds of 39 mph or higher *are possible* Monday. Stay tuned for changes or upgrades with watches and warnings later today.