CNMI requests Trump to declare federal state of emergency

Saipan— The CNMI is asking President Donald J. Trump requesting an emergency declaration for the CNMI, which is under Condition of Readiness 1 as Typhoon Hagibis became a super typhoon.

As of last Monday afternoon, Super Typhoon Hagibis was 165 miles east of Saipan moving west-northwest at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds at 150 mph with gusts up to 185 mph.

Acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and in coordination with the National Weather Service declared Typhoon Condition I for the islands of Saipan, Tinian, Alamagan, and Pagan, and maintained Tropical Storm Condition II for the islands of Rota and Agrihan.

According to the Office of the CNMI Governor, the White House has officially received Palacio’s letter requesting the emergency declaration.

The White House and the CNMI Office of the Governor has been in constant comm