Typhoon Bualoi tracking further north of Saipan

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(Guam) – Typhoon Bualoi is tracking further north of Saipan than earlier forecast which, if it continues on this course, could spare Saipan and Tinian the worst of the storm.

Bualoi is expected to continue toward the northwest with little change in forward speed throughout Monday. This forecast track takes Bualoi 30 to 40 miles north of Saipan early Tuesday morning.

Bualoi is moving northwest at 9 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 mph. Intensification is expected to continue the next few days, and when it passes Saipan, Bualoi is forecast to be a Category 3 typhoon with maximum sustained winds near 115 mph.

As of 1AM Monday the National Weather Service in Tiyan reported that the center of Typhoon Bualoi was located near Latitude 13.0 degrees North and Longitude 149.4 degrees East.

About 310 miles east of Guam
About 285 miles east-southeast of Saipan
About 285 miles east-southeast of Tinian
About 290 miles east-southeast of Rota

The next scheduled advisory at 800 AM.

Watches and Warnings

A Typhoon Warning remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected by this evening. If Bualoi deviates from the current forecast track, typhoon force winds of 74 mph may briefly be possible tonight or Tuesday morning.

A Typhoon Watch remains in effect for Rota. If Bualoi deviates from the current forecast track, damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible this evening.

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Guam. If Bualoi deviates from the current forecast track, damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible this evening.

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the islands of Pagan and Alamagan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Damaging winds of 39 mph or higher are possible on Tuesday.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan.

Please listen closely for any Flood Warnings that might be in effect for your area.