Monday, September 14, 2009

16 Foot Waves Tonight

The National Weather Service is doing a great job of keeping us updated on the storm. Looks like there might be 16 foot waves tonight. I wonder what Beach Road is going to look like in the morning?
...NEW INFORMATION...
THE EYE OF TYPHOON CHOI-WAN IS NOW CLEARLY EVIDENT ON BOTH VISUAL AND INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY AND BEGINNING TO MOVE WITHIN RANGE OF THE GUAM WEATHER RADAR. THIS MEANS THE MOVEMENT OF THE TYPHOON WILL BE TRACKED WITH GREATER ACCURACY. CHOI-WAN IS A CATEGORY ONE TYPHOON AND IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY TO A CATEGORY TWO TYPHOON... WITH WINDS IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH...AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE ISLANDS.

THE TYPHOON WILL PASS CLOSE TO SAIPAN TONIGHT. HOWEVER...TYPHOON FORCE WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO IMPACT TINIAN AND SAIPAN UNLESS A MAJOR CHANGE IN FORWARD MOTION OCCURS. FORECAST MODELS CONTINUE TO INDICATE A SLIGHT TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST...WITH THE TYPHOON PASSING THROUGH THE NORTHERN MARIANAS NEAR ANATAHAN LATE TONIGHT.

...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
FOR TINIAN...SAIPAN...AGRIHAN AND ALAMAGAN...THE GOVERNOR OF THE CNMI HAS DECLARED TROPICAL STORM CONDITION ONE FOR ISLANDS IN THE CNMI FROM TINIAN NORTHWARD TO AGRIHAN. THIS INCLUDES SAIPAN. NOW IS THE TIME TO RUSH TO COMPLETION PREPARATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. SMALL CRAFT REMAIN IN PORT. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE FORECAST AS DESCRIBED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

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...WINDS...
AS CHOI-WAN PASSES SLOWLY THROUGH THE NORTHERN MARIANAS...SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM-FORCE WINDS WILL OCCUR BETWEEN THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. FOR TINIAN AND SAIPAN...WIND DIRECTIONS WILL BE NORTHWEST THIS EVENING...TURN WEST TONIGHT THEN SOUTHWEST TUESDAY. FOR ALAMAGAN AND AGRIHAN... WIND DIRECTIONS WILL BE NORTHEAST THIS EVENING...TURN EAST TONIGHT THEN SHIFT TO SOUTHEAST TUESDAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ON ALL FOUR ISLANDS. WINDS WILL OCCASIONALLY GUST TO NEAR TYPHOON FORCE AT SAIPAN AND ALAMAGAN TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...
STORM SURGE AND INUNDATION OF 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE HIGH TIDE IS POSSIBLE AS CHOI-WAN PASSES...WITH HAZARDOUS SURF OF 8 TO 12 FEET ALONG WEST FACING REEFS THIS EVENING...BUILDING TO 13 TO 16 FEET TONIGHT. HIGH TIDE IS EXPECTED AROUND 5 PM TODAY.

...OTHER STORM EFFECTS...
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS LIKELY WITH RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY EVENING.

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