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Rainy Weather to Continue

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The rain we've been experiencing is expected to continue this week. According to the National Weather Service although Tropical Storm Pabuk is more than 500 miles north of Guam a line of showers south of the storm continues to cover much of the Marianas. As a result the island this evening will see the return of scattered showers. The NWS says that although there may be days where rains may tapper off, Guam will see a wet week ahead which will probably equal periods of local flooding across the already water logged islands of the Marianas. Today and tonight island residents can expect more mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Winds are southwest at 20 miles per hour. A high surf and small craft advisory are in effect until at 6:00pm Tuesday. The surf is hazardous at 11-13 feet on west facing reefs and 9-11 feet on north facing reefs . Rip currents are life threatening.

Meanwhile the high turbidity levels at the Ugum Water Treatment Plant continue to affect southern residents. According to the Guam Waterworks Authority the following areas will remain without water until Monday September 23rd, 2013 at 5:00pm:

1- Yona

2- Santa Rita (Cross Island Rd. Apra Heights)

3- Inarajan (by middle school area)

4- Merizo

5- Umatac

As for the Department of Education, all schools are expected to be open on Monday. Superintendent Jon Fernandez they are communicating with the Guam Power Authority, Guam Waterworks Authority and the Department of Public Works to make sure schools are ready.

With the relentless rain, Guam Homeland Security/ Office of Civil Defense offers the following tips

as residents can expect possible flooding, debris on roadways and mudslides associated with the rainfall.

  • Check to see if your area has had mudslides in the past, and educate yourself regarding local area evacuation or emergency plans.

  • Prepare your family emergency plan and disaster kits.

  • During heavy rainfall, listen to weather warnings on the radio and TV.

  • Look for tilted trees or posts, and listen for rumbling sounds which might indicate that a landslide or mudslide is approaching.

  • If you see a small trickle of mud in a wash, creek or stream, move away from the area as quickly as possible; it may be a warning sign that a larger flow is imminent.

  • If you do see a mudslide approaching, you should seek higher ground and get out of its path as quickly as possible. If you see rocks or other debris approaching your position, find shelter and take cover, if possible under a piece of heavy furniture such as a desk or table.

After a mudslide has occurred listen for emergency instructions on the radio and TV. If you see that utility lines or cables in the area are broken, treat them as live lines and report them to the proper authorities as soon as possible.

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