Federal emergency declaration approved for CNMI

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A federal emergency declaration for the CNMI has been approved by President Trump as Typhoon Bualoi makes its approach to the Marianas.

In anticipation of the potential threat Bualoi poses to the region, Acting CNMI Governor Arnold Palacios wrote to the President over the weekend, requesting for the emergency declaration.

This is the second one, approved for the CNMI in two weeks, after Super Typhoon Hagibis threatened the Marianas on Oct. 8.

As of 3 p.m.Typhoon, Bualoi continues its track toward Tinian and Saipan, hence the Typhoon Warning that remains in effect for the two islands.

Northeast winds of 15-20 knots have begun to pick up. However, these can increase to typhoon force winds by tonight.

Seas have reached roughly 20 feet, however, this could reach up to 40 feet early Tuesday morning, when Bualoi is expected to make its closest point of approach, 30 to 40 miles north of Saipan.

According to the CNMI Governor’s Office, the islands of Saipan and Tinian will maintain Typhoon Condition 2 and Rota will maintain Typhoon Condition 3.

Because of the impact anticipated early tomorrow morning, classes are still canceled and government offices remain closed in the CNMI.