CNMI government shuts down due to looming tropical depression

Shelters reactivated

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Saipan-- Still recovering from the impacts of twin typhoons that battered the islands three years ago, the CNMI is now bracing for yet another possible disaster.

CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres declared tropical storm condition II for Saipan, Tinian and Rota effective noon today until Friday due to the ongoing threat of Tropical Depression 20W.

Torres noted that the CNMI remains vulnerable as they still continue to recover from super typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut.

"Non-critical government employees are advised to go home, take care of their families, secure their belongings, and finalize preparations for heavy rainfall and increasing wind speeds," a press release from the governor's office said.

Officials said the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, through the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, will maintain a 24-hour operation, monitor the movement of Tropical Depression 20W, and will be issuing bulletins and advisories as they become available.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam for Tropical Depression 20W.

At 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 20W was located about 225 miles south-southeast of Saipan, 220 miles south-southeast of Tinian, and 185 miles southeast of Rota and is moving we