The Joint Typhoon Warning Center's latest warning for Typhoon Melor (#17) reports that the storm had its closest point of approach to Saipan about an hour ago. The storm has also weakened with the maximum sustained winds reaching only 115 knots.
The storm is expected to strengthen slightly over the next 12-24 hours. It is moving out of the area in a WNW direction at 13 knots.
From the warning text:
030900Z POSITION NEAR 16.5N 146.1E.Although not a Category 5 Typhoon, the storm is still dangerous. Be safe.
TYPHOON (TY) 20W (MELOR) LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 80 NM NORTHEAST OF SAIPAN, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 13 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. THE TYPHOON REMAINS A 115 KNOT SYSTEM AS IT TRACKS TO THE NORTH OF
SAIPAN. THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY AS IT PROGRESSIVELY ROUNDS THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE TO THE EAST, AND WILL THEN BEGIN TO SLOWLY WEAKEN AS IT NEARS THE MID-LATITUDES.