Tropical Storm Bualoi is on a track that could take it over the islands of Saipan and Tinian early Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service reports that Bualoi is forecast to continue to intensify, possibly becoming a typhoon on Monday.
As of 5 a.m. Sunday the storm was located 11.3 north latitude and 152.6 east longitude.
Bualoi is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. It is expected to maintain this general course with a decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds remain at 50 mph.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 60 miles.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 48 hours, as soon as Monday.
A typhoon watch remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, meaning typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more, are possible within 48 hours, as soon as Monday.
About 545 miles east-southeast of Guam
About 530 miles east-southeast of Saipan
About 535 miles east-southeast of Tinian
About 535 miles east-southeast of Rota
About 270 miles north of Chuuk
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Tiyan around 9 a.m. ChST Sunday or sooner if conditions warrant.
Residents and visitors are advised to take basic precautionary actions now:
- Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories may be issued.
- Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc.
- Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
- Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag.
- Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds.
- Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and unblock clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.