by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Typhoon Francisco is maintaining its intensity and is passing along the west side of the island. Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1 and a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as damaging sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or more are expected to continue through this afternoon. Typhoon Francisco is about 140 miles west of Guam and is moving northward at 13 MPH.
The Government of Guam is closed today as are all schools and banking institutions. For a complete listing of those establishments that are closed and some that remain open, check out the articles we've been posting and our discussion thread on Facebook about closures/openings/announcements. Just a quick note as well.
Visiting hours are still suspended at the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Skilled Nursing Facility, and those hours will not be restored until Condition of Readiness 4 is declared. Island Surgical Center in Tamuning is also closed, with the clinic to reopen on Monday.
Governor's deputy press secretary Phill Leon Guerrero says with the heavy wind and rains residents are reminded to stay off the road until COR4 is declared. "We are expecting the worst of the weather to pass around 3pm this afternoon in conjunction with the National Weather Service and the joint Typhoon Warning Center and of course government officials. Around that time there will be a determination made whether or not we will go back to Condition 4," Leon Guerrero said. "At this point it is a wait and see thing and we want to make sure that the typhoon moves as predicted."
Meanwhile, eight of the island's schools are open being used as shelters for those families who need a safe place to weather the storm. Island mayors tell us that there are 72 individuals at Machanaonao Elementary School, 69 at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, and 138 at George Washington High School.
The Guam Power Authority is also working to address several power outages around the island but the winds have prevented crews to do troubleshooting at this time. We were also told that power lines are down on Dimas Street on Route 15 in Mangilao.