BUDDING TYPHOON HEADS FOR MARIANAS

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Tropical storm ‘Parma’ batters FSM, ‘Melor’ on way

HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Oct. 1, 2009) – A tropical storm now heading directly towards the Northern Marianas is forecast to grow into a category 2 typhoon by the time it reaches the commonwealth in two days.

According to weather website Tropical Storm Risk, Tropical Storm Melor is due to become a category 1 typhoon within 12 hours before growing in strength to a category 2 packing winds of up to 110 miles per hour by Saturday. Thereafter, the forecast shows the storm growing to a category 3 typhoon with winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it moves westward beyond Guam and the Marianas.

Current predictions indicate the typhoon will brush close to Guam on its westward course.

The approaching storm comes on the heels of a lesser weather system, Tropical Storm Eighteen, which left Guam unscathed. The government today was preparing for another assault.

Meanwhile, the Federated States of Micronesia yesterday was recovering from Tropical Storm Parma which passed to the south of the westernmost state of Yap overnight, battering the east coast of the main island with torrential rain and winds of up to 50 knots.

A damage assessment is expected to begin later.

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