Thursday, October 01, 2009

Super Typhoon Melor

Typhoon Melor already has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph which are expected to increase to 160 mph by the time the storm nears the Marianas.

Now is the time to prepare for the storm. Get drinking water and food, bring the pets inside, and secure loose objects in front of your house.

I use two websites to keep up to date on the typhoon, the National Weather Service and Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The local Emergency Managment Office has the most localized information, but I find them woefully slow at updating storm conditions. As I write this it is 7:42 AM. The last update they made was at 9:56 PM last night. Weather Underground also has some great info.

The latest from the National Weather Service for Saipan:
TINIAN AND SAIPAN REMAIN IN TYPHOON CONDITION OF READINESS 3.

...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FINAL PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE. THE ONSET OF GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS CAN CAUSE OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES TO BECOME DANGEROUS. SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS WHICH CAN BE BLOWN AROUND. IF YOU LIVE IN A TIN-ROOF HOME...LEAVE IT FOR MORE SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. BOAT OWNERS AND CAPTAINS OF SMALL CRAFT SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETION THE SECURING OF THEIR CRAFT.

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...WINDS...
AS TYPHOON MELOR MOVES CLOSER...THE THREAT FOR SUSTAINED HIGH WINDS WILL INCREASE. THE LATEST FORECAST IS FOR TYPHOON FORCE WINDS FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BEGIN AFFECTING THE AREA SATURDAY MORNING AND LAST THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...
STORM SURGE WILL CAUSE INUNDATION OF 5 TO 8 FEET ABOVE HIGH TIDE ON WINDWARD COASTS. HAZARDOUS SURF OF 16 TO 20 FEET ON ALL EXPOSURES IS POSSIBLE. RIP CURRENTS WILL BE DEADLY.

...OTHER STORM EFFECTS...
RAINFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT BASED ON THE CURRENT TRACK. CONSIDERABLE FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN WESTERN VILLAGES AS OVERFLOW FROM LAKE SUSUPE COMBINES WITH THE STORM SURGE. FLASH FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED.

2 comments:

Drea said...

I hope the storm isn't to hard on the people of Saipan.

drahc88 said...

Omg, after saipain it will go to our Country. in the Bicol Region,Philippines. hope i survive this.