Bualoi nears typhoon strength

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(Image courtesy NWS)

(Guam) –  The National Weather Service in Tiyan reports that Tropical Storm Bualoi is nearing typhoon strength.

As of 2PM Sunday the NWS issued a Typhoon Warning for the islands of Tinian and Saipan. That is their highest alert level.

That means that damaging Winds of 39 mph or more are expected by Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or more are expected Monday night on Tinian and Saipan.

A Typhoon Watch remains in effect for Rota and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guam.

According to the 2PM update Tropical Storm Bualoi had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It was moving west northwest at 13 mph.

Bualoi remains on a track that is projected to take it just north of Saipan early Tuesday morning. It is expected to be a Category 2 typhoon at that time with winds of 105 mph.

As of 1PM Sunday, Tropical Storm Bualoi was located near 11.8 degree north latitude and 150.8 degrees east longitude.

About 425 miles east-southeast of Guam
About 410 miles southeast of Saipan
About 415 miles southeast of Tinian
About 410 miles east-southeast of Rota
About 305 miles north-northwest of Chuuk

NWS – 2PM update on track of Tropical Storm Bualoi. (Image courtesy NWS)

A Typhoon Warning is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. Damaging Winds of 39 mph or more are expected by Monday evening, and typhoon force winds of 74 mph or more are expected Monday night.

A Typhoon Watch remains in effect for Rota. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible Monday evening, 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. Damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible Monday night.