by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Governor's Office is warning residents to stay sharp, even though Tropical Storm Francisco doesn't pose an immediate threat to Guam, and that the island remains in Condition of Readiness 3.
Francisco slowed its course about 185 miles southwest of Guam. It moved further southwest than weather officials originally thought. Over the night, the storm was moving at about 17MPH. Weather officials believe the storm has slowed substantially, right about to make a sharp turn north-northwest. Whether this turn will be made toward, close to, or away from the island still remains to be seen. The next few hours are critical. Weather officials believe this storm may intensify even more, with damaging winds now possible tomorrow, rather than today.
DO NOT HAVE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY. Francisco can whip back toward us. This delay, while it moved further away from us, also allows this storm time to intensify.
Maintain level of readiness and stay tuned to news for changes
As such, Governor Calvo is keeping Guam in Condition of Readiness 3. This gives GovGuam and other officials time to adjust to any sudden changes, and it allows the Joint Information Center a level of readiness to inform residents of sudden changes.
The government's primary concern during this lull in the storm is to prevent flooding and traffic issues, and to deal with issues arising from heavy rains.
Please follow these tips to keep safe today: