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The approaching storms…..Marco and Laura

Southern Mississippi Valley sector loop

Southeast sector loop

JTWC Tropical Warnings


Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers


NASA: Tropical Cyclone Maha

Spate of Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Maha has taken a sharp turn over the Arabian Sea and is now poised to brush India’s west coast on November 7, 2019. By landfall, forecasters expect the storm to have weakened from its extremely severe peak on November 4, which was when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image. At the time, sustained winds measured 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour—the equivalent of a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

Considered in isolation, there’s nothing particularly unusual about Maha. However, in the context of the season and the basin, it is the latest in a series of strong tropical cyclones in an area that typically doesn’t see many. In fact, the North Indian basin is usually the least active in the Northern Hemisphere.

Threatening Weather in the Indian and Pacific Ocreans


Coming from the Gulf……

Southern Mississippi Valley sector loop



Typhoon Bualoi (22W) – Western Pacific

Situation: (Advisory #10 as of 5:00 a.m. EDT) • 100 miles E of Saipan, moving NW at 10 mph

• Maximum sustained winds 110 mph (CAT 2)

• Expected to intensify further over the next few days

• Typhoon-force winds extend 45 miles; tropical-storm-force winds extend 150 miles

• Typhoon Warning & Flash Flood Watch in effect for Tinian & Saipan; Tropical Storm Warning in for Agrihan, Pagan, and Alamagan


Lifeline Impacts: All lifelines remain Green (Region IX SLB as of 11:00 p.m. EDT)

Food, Water, Sheltering:

• Shelters: Saipan: 8 open with 312 occupants; Tinian: 1 open with 16 occupants; Rota: all closed (Region IX Incident Report Update #7)

Health & Medical: Saipan: Hospital has two weeks supply of water and generator fuel; medical supplies for two months


• Tinian: 1 cell tower on generator power (due to Hagibis)

• Saipan: 2 cell towers taken offline as a precaution


• Port condition Zulu (closed) for Tinian, Saipan and Rota;X-Ray (open with restrictions) for Guam

• Airports: Saipan is closed; all other airports remain open
State / Local Response:

• Emergency Declaration FEMA-3425-EM-CNMI approved on October 20, 2019 • CNMI EOC at Full Activation (day shift) o Typhoon Condition I for Saipan and Tinian o Typhoon Condition III for Agrihan, Alamagan and Pagan


FEMA / Federal Response:

• FEMA Region IX at Steady State

o Region IX IMAT-2 staged in Guam pending deployment to CNMI

o 2 LNOs deployed to Guam; 2 deployed to CNMI

o MCC and select ESFs activated

• NWC at Steady State

• 1 ISB/SMT team deployed to Guam

• MERS staged in Guam pending deployment to CNMI







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