Masako Watanabe, Pacific Daily News
As Super Typhoon Yutu moves away from the Marianas, Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1, and CNMI in Typhoon Condition 1.
On Guam, maximum winds of 60 mph were recorded, according to local officials.
The strongest winds were felt in northern Guam, accompanied by occasional heavy rain showers.
Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph will continue through Thursday morning and possibly into the early afternoon on Guam, officials said.
As of 7 a.m., the center of Yutu was located 65 miles northwest of Tinian, 70 miles west-northwest of Saipan and 140 miles north-northeast of Guam.
Yutu had become a monster of a storm, with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.
The eye passed over parts of Saipan and Tinian starting around 1:15 a.m. Thursday. The eye had moved passed the islands by 4:30 a.m., but the islands were hit by a secondary band called a concentric eye wall. Concentric eye walls typically form during intense storms of 185 mph, carrying with it rain, heavy winds and thunderstorms, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands officials said.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday,
- Guam was still under a tropical storm warning.
- Rota, Tinian and Saipan were still under a typhoon warning. Typhoon-force winds were expected to continue for Tinian and Saipan until about 8 a.m.
People are urged to stay indoors and stay sheltered until the government declares COR 4, or gives the all clear.
There’s no word yet as to when COR 4 will be declared for Guam.
Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and partner agencies will begin damage assessment at daylight.
Power outages on Guam
By 3 a.m., Guam Power Authority had received outage reports from around the island. by 5:30 a.m., parts of Tamuning, Tumon and Yona were without power while power had been restored to Chalan Pago, Santa Rita, Mangilao, Sinajana, Dededo, Talofofo, Inarajan, Barrigada and Yigo, the agency said.
Officials on Guam and CNMI both urged people to stay clear of the ocean.
On Guam, combined seas between 12 and 16 feet and surf of 15 to 20 feet will cause hazardous conditions.
Surf will generate deadly rip currents.
In CNMI, storm surges of 20 feet or higher were expected along the coastal waters of Saipan and Tinian.
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