The US National Weather Service (NOAA) issued an advisory at 11:00 (local time) on Monday, October 7, ahead of the passage of Typhoon Hagibis through the Mariana Islands. As of 11:00, Hagibis is located at 15.1°N 149.5°E (map here) and is tracking west at 29 kph (18 mph), with maximum sustained winds of 169 kph (105 mph). The storm is expected to intensify further in the coming days, as it passes in a west to west-northwest motion through the Marianas from Monday night through Tuesday, October 8. Typhoon Warnings are in effect for Saipan, Tinian, Alamagan, and Pagan, while Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Rota, and Agrihan, with Hagibis forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Guam.
Associated power outages and disruptions to business and transport services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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