18 Oct 2013

Typhoon Francisco to skirt CNMI

3:12 pm on 18 October 2013

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Northern Marianas as tropical Storm Francisco intensified into a typhoon.

The system is expected to slowly pass west of the Marianas today.

The National Weather Service says although Francisco has strengthened into a typhoon, winds of more than 100 kilometres an hour won't affect Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

The typhoon is moving slowly north-northwest while continuing to intensify.