Typhoon-hit CNMI asks US for emergency declaration
The governor of the Northern Marianas has made a request to the US President to declare a state of emergency in the
Commonwealth now that Typhoon Mangkhut has passed through the islands.
Ralph Torres sent the request to Donald Trump overnight as the storm passed over the island of Rota.
CNMI Governor Ralph Torres Photo: CNMI Govt
Mr Torres said the heightened and erratic state of the storm threatened destruction and the impact could become
The statement said the worst conditions from Typhoon Mangkhut had passed but windshield assessments indicated
significant damage on Rota and some damage on the islands of Saipan and Tinian.
The governor said the storm was of such severity and magnitude that an effective response was beyond the capabilities of
the CNMI government and federal assistance was needed to save lives and protect property, health and safety.
Rota bore the brunt of Typhoon Mangkhut with the storm dumping up to 255mm of rain and winds of over 223 kilometres an
hour hitting the CNMI's southern most island.
Government offices remain closed today.
Typhoon Warnings cancelled
With weather conditions rapidly improving across the CNMI and Guam, the National Weather Service has lifted typhoon
warnings as the storm continues westward and away from the islands.
The service said tropical storm force conditions were no longer expected and the Typhoon Warnings for Guam, Rota, Tinian
and Saipan had been canceled.
However lingering isolated showers, thunderstorms and breezy conditions were still expected throughout the day and the
seas and surf remained hazardous.
Saipan experienced an island-wide power outage late yesterday and classes in public schools and Northern Marianas
College remain cancelled.
Guam awakes to destruction as Typhoon passes
Residents in Guam awoke to flooding, strewn debris and downed power poles this morning after Typhoon Mangkhut passed the
The Pacific Daily News reported officals warning people not to go out onto the roads due to debris, loose power lines and other hazards.
Marine warnings with high surf conditions persist with people cautioned on ocean conditions until Thursday.
The power authority is working to restore outages and schools, government departments and the naval base are closed
The Saipan Tribune reports Rota, the southernmost island in the Northern Marianas, felt the brunt of Typhoon Mangkhut yesterday as it
sliced through the region.
Over 600 people sheltered in centres overnight as the intense weather system dumped 255mm of rain and winds peaked at
223 kilometres per hour.