CNMI Joint Information Center (JIC) Update #1

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota

Governor Torres declared Tropical Storm Condition I for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota

All government offices closed through Friday, September 24, 2021

PSS and NMC cancel classes on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota

Shelters activated on Saipan and Tinian

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam for Tropical Depression 20W.

As of 4:00 p.m., the system was located about 75 miles south-southwest of Rota, 140 miles south-southwest of Tinian, and 155 miles south-southwest of Saipan. It is moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

A small craft advisory and a flash flood watch remain in effect from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon as heavy rainfall continues for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Due to the ongoing threat of Tropical Depression 20W, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres declares Tropical Storm Condition I for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota as of 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. Tropical Storm Condition I means that damaging winds of 39 to 74 mph are possible within 12 hours.

All government offices closed through Friday, September 24, 2021

Due to the current vulnerability of the CNMI as it continues to recover from Super Typhoon Yutu and Typhoon Mangkhut, all CNMI Government offices were closed at 12:00 noon for the rest of Thursday, September 23, 2021 and through Friday, September 24, 2021. 

PSS and NMC cancel classes on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota

The CNMI Public School System (PSS) and the Northern Marianas College (NMC) cancelled classes and closed offices at 12:00 noon for the rest of Thursday, September 23, 2021 and through Friday, September 24, 2021.

Shelters activated on Saipan and Tinian

Governor Torres, the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, and the CNMI Public School System (PSS), have activated the following locations as shelters on Saipan and Tinian effective 4:00 p.m. today:

·  Marianas High School

·  Kagman High School

·  Tinian Elementary School 

There are currently no shelters in place for the island of Rota; however, emergency managers on the island are currently monitoring the situation with shelters on standby.

Residents on Saipan and Tinian in tents are advised to go to the closest shelter to them for care, support, and relief during the rainy conditions.

The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority (COTA) is activated to provide transportation to the shelters throughout the day. Residents can call (670) 664-2690 for transportation to designated shelters.

In compliance with current CNMI COVID-19 protocols and to ensure the safety and health of all residents seeking shelter, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation will be conducting temperature checks and COVID-19 vaccination verifications prior to residents entering shelters. Vaccinated individuals seeking shelter must bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards (CDC vaccine card) for vaccination verification.

For more information, please visit the following:

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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