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Northern Mariana Islands

Typhoon clears; flooding is minor

October 04, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A typhoon churning across the western Pacific moved away from the Northern Mariana Islands today as residents began cleaning up after gusting winds and minor flooding.

With Typhoon Melor clearing the U.S. commonwealth's three main islands, the National Weather Service canceled the last remaining typhoon warning for the island of Agrihan. Similar warnings for Saipan and Tinian ended earlier today.

About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell on Saipan in a 24-hour period, including 2 inches of precipitation over six hours, said weather service senior forecaster Paul Stanko in Guam. The strongest wind gusts topped out at 53 mph, he added.

"It could have been a lot worse," Stanko said, noting that the island would have been hit harder if it were located 20 to 30 miles farther south. "They narrowly dodged a bullet."

No major injuries or significant structural damage were reported on Saipan.

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