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Depression 09W Now a Tropical Storm

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The National Weather service reports that Tropical Depression 09W is now a Tropical Storm. The island is in Condition of Readiness 2 and under a Tropical Storm Warning. This means tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39  miles per hour hour or more are possible within the next 24 hours.


As of 1:00pm the tropical storm was located about 225 miles East-Southeast of Guam.
 It is moving West-Northwest at 15 miles per hour.  The current forecast track brings the Tropical Storm over Guam at around sunrise Saturday. Maximum sustained speeds have increased to 40mph. 


Island residents are encouraged to start preparing now for the storm. Guam Homeland Security/Office Civil Defense provided the following preparation tips:

 -Rely on a battery-operated radio for your news. It is the only way you can keep informed if the power goes off for any reason.

-Put your shutters up.

-Pick up anything outside your house that a heavy gust of wind can move. Store these things inside.

-Prepare a place in your home to house your outdoor pets in case the winds and rains pick up.

-Make sure you have everything in your family’s emergency kit. Look around your house first for these items. Take a quick trip to the store for the remainder of the items. The list of everything you need for this kit is below in the flier.

-Drive safely. Not only are the roads slippery, but other drivers are on the road for the same reason you are.

-Gas your car.

Guam Homeland Security/ OCD also recommends that women at least 38-weeks pregnant and all high-risk pregnant mothers who are six months pregnant or more should start checking in to Guam Memorial Hospital at 9 p.m. tonight. They can report to the Patient Registration Department on the first floor for registration.
All expectant mothers admitting themselves are asked to bring:

1. Personal ID and insurance cards

2. Drinking water

4. Prescribed medication

5. Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

6. Favorite reading materials or DVD movies to help pass time.

Also, please don’t bring quilts, blankets or pillows. Sleeper chairs and blankets will be provided to expectant mothers. Normal visiting hours are suspended, and current patients are only allowed one companion. Outpatient elective surgeries are canceled. All essential GMH staff are asked to report to the hospital. Mothers and families can call the hospital at 648-6702/6703/6704 for more information.

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