Typhoon Expected To Bring ‘Catastrophic Damage’ To Northern CNMI

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Nangka is now a category-4 typhoon and growing in strength

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 9, 2015) – Typhoon Nangka has strengthened and sped up while making its approach to the Northern Marianas.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, Nangka's maximum sustained winds had increased to 140 mph, the National Weather Service's online advisory states. It was moving west-northwest was 16 mph.

Nangka, now a category-4 typhoon, approaches just days after the Marianas said goodbye to Chan-hom, and it is expected to bring "catastrophic damage" to the northern islands of Pågan, Alamågan and Agrihan. The system is expected to further intensify today before slowly weakening Friday, the advisory states.

"Poorly constructed buildings could be destroyed, trees will be uprooted and power poles, if any, will be snapped in half," said Weather Service meteorologist Landon Aydlett.

"The people up there are going to have a rough ride over the next few hours."

Typhoon watch

A typhoon watch remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian and the islands’ coastal waters. Typhoon conditions are possible if Nangka deviates to the south, the Weather Service advisory stated. The northern islands of Agrihan, Pagan and Alamagan are under typhoon warning.

Guam may experience thunderstorms today as a result of Nangka, Aydlett said.

At 7 a.m. Thursday, the typhoon was located about 280 miles northeast of Guam, and about 115 miles southeast of Alamagan. Typhoon-force winds extended outward up to 50 miles from the center. Tropical storm winds extended out to 140 northeast and 115 miles southwest of the center, the Weather Service's online advisory states.

Typhoon Nangka is expected to hold its intensity as it passes through the northern part of the CNMI, according to the Weather Service.

Typhoon-force winds were extending outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm force winds extended out to 140 miles as of yesterday evening.

Pacific Daily News Audience Analyst Masako Watanabe contributed to this report.

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