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Guam secures: shelters open, schools close

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1, in anticipation of the passage of Tropical storm 18W.  The formation is expected to bring heavy showers through 10 o'clock this morning and possible lightning and thunder.  Wind gusts are going to be between 20-30 miles per hour with one to 2" of rainfall expected.  There may be some localized flooding over the next few hours. 

The storm is located about 145 miles east-southeast of Guam and 18W continues to move west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. The storm is expected to pass very close to Guam as a minimal tropical storm later this afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH.  GovGuam workers have been asked to report to work to secure the facilities. 

Public shelters
12 shelters have opened - as primary shelters identified for northern residents are Astumbo Elementary School, Maria Ulloa Elementary School, Machanaonao Elementary School, Upi Elementary School, and FBLG Middle School.  For central Guam, George Washington High School and Carbullido will be open. For southern residents, M.U. Lujan, Inarajan Middle, Merizo, Talofofo, and Truman Elementary Schools will be open.  Those residents who go to the shelters are asked to bring enough food and water for three days and toiletries.


School closures
COR-1 means the local government, with the exception of first responders, is closed.  All public and Catholic schools are closed, as are classes at the Guam Community College, the University of Guam, as well as St. John's School, and Harvest Christian School.  St. Paul Christian School will be open until 11 this morning, but students will not be penalized if they don't show up.  DoDEA remains open as the military remains in Condition of Readiness 3.   A briefing was held at 8 this morning when officials were going to reevaluate the situation.  


Courts
The Judiciary of Guam is closed - those with scheduled court hearings today or who were required to report for jury service do not need to appear or report today.  Once the storm has passed the island's court system will resume normal operations.  You can call an appropriate court division to inquire about rescheduled hearing dates.  The superior, supreme and Northern Satellite courts are all closed.  The U.S. District Court of Guam closes at noon.

Guam Memorial Hospital
The Guam Memorial Hospital is accepting expectant mothers who are at least 36 weeks pregnant. Such patients are advised to go straight to Patient Registration.  No escorts may accompany the mothers and no children are allowed, and meals will be provided, but mothers may bring snacks and drinking water. Sleeper chairs will be provided but mothers are asked to bring their own pillows and blankets.  Normal visiting hours at GMH have been suspended until further notice; outpatient elective surgeries have been cancelled.


Port Authority
The Port Authority of Guam is advising that all their tenants have been notified that the Harbor of Refuge is open for boats.


Banks
All Bank of Guam branches will be closed today.  Employees are asked to report to their respective offices just to secure their facilities, as marketing director Jackie Marati says while the branches will be closed, ATMs will remain operational.  First Hawaiian Bank will be open until 3pm.  The Government of Guam Employees Federal Credit Union will be open until noon.  CitiBank and BankPacific will also be closing at 1pm.


Airlines

Freedom Air informed KUAM News that Flight 100 and Flight 200 have been cancelled.

Post offices
The U.S. Postal Service is closed today, meaning there will be no mail delivery.  Operations expected to resume tomorrow.

Malls
Both the Guam Premiere Outlets in Tamuning and the Micronesia Mall in Dededo will remain open today for normal business hours (10am-9pm).

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