By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan-- CNMI Gov. Arnold Palacios today upgraded Rota to Typhoon Condition II and declared Tropical Storm Condition II for Saipan and Tinian.
Typhoon Mawar is intensifying and continuing to track toward the southern Marianas, and is anticipated to strengthen and bring typhoon-strength winds and rainfall to the Marianas in the next 48 hours. Current sustained winds are at 85 MPH. The storm’s movement and strength, resource allocation, and personnel resources were discussed during this morning’s CNMI Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Team meeting. The CNMI MAC Team, composed of government agencies and other organizations including the American Red Cross, met earlier at 10 a.m. for a heavy weather briefing provided by the NWS.
Classes are canceled today and tomorrow.
CNMI shelters have been activated and opened at 4 p.m. The following sites have been designated as typhoon shelters.
1. Marianas High School (Cafeteria) 2. Koblerville Elementary School(Cafeteria) 3. Kagman High School(Cafeteria) 4. Tinian: Tinian Elementary School (Cafeteria) 5. Rota: Sinapalo Oﬃce on Aging 6. Rota: Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Jr./Sr. High School For Saipan, the Office on Aging will be open to accommodate persons with disabilities and those with medical needs. Services under these categories include individuals who are wheelchair-bound, who need oxygen, and for those with ailments that do not need to be admitted at the hospital.
For Tinian, the Tinian Aging Center is open only for persons with disabilities or the elderly. For individuals requiring medical attention, the Tinian Health Center is open. For Rota, the Office on Aging in Sinapalo is the designated shelter for persons with disabilities and the elderly. For individuals requiring medical attention, the Rota Health Center is open.