December 13 2001, President Leo A. Falcam has ordered the offices
of the National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia
in Pohnpei to be closed until Monday morning due to approaching
tropical storm winds.
tropical storm warning has been in effect for Pohnpei State since
yesterday. The latest reports from the National Weather Services
predict winds of up to 39 miles per hour are heading towards Pohnpei
Falcam called an emergency cabinet meeting this morning to discuss
the course of the tropical storm and its possible effects. He advised
all employees whose responsibilities require them to be on the job
to remain at work, otherwise, all national offices have been ordered
to secure their facilities and shut down their operations effective
12pm today to resume Monday at 8am.
latest report received from the National Weather Services in Pohnpei
TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT,
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Pohnpei, Mwoakilloa,
Pingelap, Ahnd and Pakihn as of 3am this morning. A tropical storm
warning means damaging winds of 39 miles per hour are possible within
the next 24 hours.
Residents of Pohnpei, Mwoakilloa, Pingelap, Ahnd and Pakihn are
urged to prepare for strong winds, heavy rain showers, landslide,
hazardous surf and storm surge. Small crafts should remain in port,
power and city water outage should be expected.
3am, tropical depression 31W was located near Latitude 5.3 degrees
north and Longitude 159.2 degrees East… or about 130 miles
Southeast of Pohnpei…110 miles Southwest of Mwoakilloa…and
115 miles West-Southwest of Pingelap.
Tropical Depression 31W is moving North at 7miles per hour. It is
expected to continue moving north overnight…then begin moving
Northwest during the day on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are 35miles per hour with gust to 45miles
per hour. The tropical depression is expected to slowly intensify…reaching
the Tropical Storm intensity by Thursday morning.