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Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Guam

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Guam. This means that damaging winds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour are possible within the next 48 hours. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Depression 26-W is about 75 miles southeast of Guam and it is moving west-southwest at about 15 miles per hour.

Tropical Depression 26-W is expected to slow down and turn toward the west overnight. It is expected to be a tropical storm tonight or Thursday morning.

Governor Eddie Calvo meanwhile has placed the island in Condition of Readiness 3 and Joint Region Marianas is expected to follow suit. Winds around the island have picked up significantly, as residents are advised to expect plenty of rain which may cause flooding.  Public schools remain open but after school programs have been canceled.

The Night Market at the Chamorro Village downtown in Hagatna has also been canceled.

Civil Defense officials are working with the Department of Education and the mayors to determine what sites will be used as shelters, if it is deemed necessary to open them. Residents are reminded to stay off the road, unless absolutely necessary and to drive slow and carefully as well residents and tourists should stay out of the water as surf is extremely hazardous.

As a reminder, Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense remind residents to be prepared. While this tropical storm may just be a "banana storm", as we like to call them, it is always better to be prepared.

Here are a few tips:

  • Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
  • Clean your yard and the outside of your house of anything that could fly in high winds
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods (like canned goods) and drinking water
  • Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios. It is important that you have a battery-operated radio
  • Get your shutters ready. You may need to put them up based on more information we will have this afternoon about this potential storm
Here are some links to bookmark:
Joint Region Marianas also declared COR3 for military personnel. Andersen AFB personnel should track updates at http://www.andersen.af.mil or the Andersen AFB Facebook page at http://facebook.com/36WGPA. Naval Base Guam personnel should track updates on the NBG Facebook and Twitter pages at http://facebook.com/USNavalBaseGuam orhttp://twitter.com/nbguam or call the base information line at 339-INFO(4636).

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