Islands bracing for storm

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Islands bracing for storm

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 17, 2015

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Guam time: Tropical storm warning for Saipan, Tinian and Rota has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service on Guam. Typhoon Champi continues on a northwest track away from the Marianas and is still due to curve northeast near Iwo Jima by middle of next week. PST will keep an eye out in case of any drastic change.

4:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Guam time: Champi has strengthened into a Category 1-equivalent typhoon, has already made its closest point of approach to the northern Marianas islands, although a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Saipan, Tinian and Rota, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the National Weather Service on Guam.

PORT HEAVY WEATHER CONDITION ZULU SET FOR THE PORTS OF
THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Santa Rita, GU — On October 16, 2015 in preparation for the arrival of CHAMPI (25W), the U. S. Coast
Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Guam has established port heavy weather condition (PHWC) Zulu for
the ports the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), effective at 6:00 AM.
In accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 160.111(c), the COTP hereby
orders the following:
 All transfers of cargo, oil, or hazardous materials are suspended within the ports of CNMI.
These restrictions shall remain in effect until lifted by the COTP.
 All marinas and the ports of the CNMI are closed to inbound and outbound traffic. These
restrictions shall remain in effect until lifted by the COTP.
 All commercial vessels with written approval from the COTP to remain in port must ensure
that moorings are secure and checked/adjusted as necessary. Report any unusual condition or
damage to the Harbormaster as soon as possible using VHF 16.
The COTP has closed the ports of the CNMI, to include the territorial seas as defined by Title 33, CFR,
Part 2.22(a), 12 miles around the CNMI prohibiting any vessel movement or port facility operations
without specific written approval of the COTP. This closure will remain in effect until lifted by the
COTP. Any questions or concerns regarding this matter should be forwarded to the USCG Sector Guam
Command Center at (671) 355-4824. For general questions concerning the storm’s predicted track, speed,
or intensity, please contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900.

1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Guam time: A tropical storm warning has been issued for Saipan, Tinian and Rota by the National Weather Service on Guam; damaging winds of 39 mph or greater are possible within 12 hours. A typhoon watch remains in effect for the lesser, northern Marianas islands of Agrihan, Pagan and Alamagan; winds of 74 mph or greater are possible within 24 hours.

10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Guam time: A tropical storm watch has been issued for Saipan, Tinian and Rota by the National Weather Service on Guam. Winds of 39 mph or greater are possible within 48 hours as Tropical Storm Champi approaches to the north, 85 miles north-northeast of Saipan at 4 p.m. Friday. Champi is still forecast to track west-northwest away from the Northern Marianas islands, then curve toward Iwo Jima early Tuesday as a Category 3-equivalent typhoon.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, Guam time: Champi has strengthened into a tropical storm and is on a wobbly west-northwest course that should take it north of the Mariana Islands, then curve northeast toward Iwo Jima at the start of next week, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Tropical Depression 25W, # 1

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Japan time: Traffic has picked up on Typhoon Alley, with a second new tropical depression forming north of Ujelang in the Marshall Islands. Joint Typhoon Warning Center depicts 25W to track generally northwest, on a path taking it southwest of Iwo Jima by late Saturday as a Category 1-equivalent typhoon. But a vast spread exists among dynamic model guidance, so much could change in the run-up. PST will keep an eye on it. If it becomes a named storm, it will be called Champi, Laotian for red jasmine flower.

Tropical Depression 24W, # 1

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Philippines time: As yet unnamed Tropical Depression 24W has spawned west of the Marianas Islands and is forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to almost due west toward landfall over the northeast coast of the Philippines’ northernmost Luzon Island at mid-afternoon Saturday.

JTWC projects 24W to peak at 144-mph sustained winds and 173-mph gusts as it crashes ashore at about 2 p.m. Saturday some 190 miles north-northeast of the old Clark Air Base. No public storm warning signals have been issued at this time. PST has an eye on it. If it becomes a named storm, it will be called Koppu, Japanese for crater.

Second tropical disturbance sighted; advisories still in effect for Guam

8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Guam time: Small-craft and high-surf advisories remain in effect for Guam, Tinian, Rota and Saipan as a tropical disturbance continues its march through the Marianas Islands.  Winds gusting to 45 mph and four inches of rain or more remain in the cards. Worse, a second tropical disturbance has formed northeast of Pohn’pei. Looks like traffic is picking up along Typhoon Alley. PST will keep its eye on each.

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6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Guam time: A tropical cyclone formation alert has been issued on a new tropical disturbance east of Guam. The initial bulletin from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicates Area 91W is forecast to knife its way between Rota and Saipan through Tuesday afternoon, causing winds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, rainfall between 3 to 6 inches and possible flooding in low-lying areas. A flash-flood watch has been issued for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan through Tuesday afternoon.

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