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Guam receives record setting downpour of rain. To continue throughout weekend

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 GUAM - From flooding to power outages -- Today marked a historic day of rainfall for the island. There's no typhoon in sight but residents shouldn't be quick to hang their umbrellas just yet.
 
With all the torrential downpours, flash floods and gusts of winds today, it appeared as if a typhoon was in the area. Fortunately that's not the case. But National Weather Service Senior meteorologist Paul Stanko says there is a large disturbance developing over the Marianas.
 
 
"If it was moving and it just brushed by us went on it wouldn't be that big of a deal but it's not moving it's staying right over us so the technical term is training. The rain keeps going over the same area over and over" Stanko explained.
 
Stanko says satellite imagery shows that a tropical cyclone is forming in our area and while they don't believe it's anything Guam should be worried about, residents can expect more rain. In fact the island received more rainfall today than it did on this day in the last 60 years.
 
"We've already blown away the record so were just waiting to see how much because we blew it away big" the meteorologist revealed.
 
Matter of fact, the record rainfall and flooding was so bad outside the NWS building in Tiyan.    One of their staffers swam in seven feet of standing water. The National Weather Service warns island residents they can expect much of the same weather as today with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the next two to three days. Along with the heavy rain expect gusty winds at 10 - 25 miles per hour. Several warning and advisories have been issued for Guam. A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 o'clock Sunday morning. Residents are asked to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing along west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening.

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6:00 PM Friday. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions. A flash flood warning is also in effect for Guam until 6:00pm Friday.
 

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