Super Typhoon Hagibis moves near Guam; Saipan declares emergency

Reuters

Posted at Oct 08 2019 10:52 PM

Super Typhoon Hagibis battered Guam with wind and rain as the storm approached the Northern Mariana Islands, prompting an evacuation on Tuesday, October 8.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) said in a tweet on Monday (October 7) that the typhoon sustained speeds between 150 mph (241 km/h) to 184 mph (296 km/h).

The Office of Governor of Commonwealth's Northern Mariana Islands confirmed the storm's super typhoon status and shared a statement on Facebook, confirming US President Donald Trump's approval of an emergency declaration for the tropical cyclone. 

Local media quoted Guam Homeland Security, saying the eye of Hagibis passed over Anatahan Island, just 128 kilometers north of Saipan at around 0100hrs on Tuesday (1500GMT Monday).

World Rugby are keeping an eye on Typhoon Hagibis as it develops from south of Japan over the next few days. 

Japan's Meteorological Agency projected that it could bring high winds and heavy rain to southern Japan during the final two days of pool play in the tournament.