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Bad weather expected to start the weekend

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Get ready we are expected to experience some pretty nasty weather over the next 24 hours. We are now in Condition of Readiness 2. Governor Eddie Calvo made that declaration at eleven o'clock this morning .We are also under a Tropical Storm Warning. This means that we are expected to experience tropical storm conditions within the next 24 hours. According to the National Weather Service the closest point of approach is about sunrise Saturday morning.

National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Chip Guard the storm could be really close and urges residents to be prepared. "For a direct hit we have to plan on all parts of the island to be affected and that means that as far as people moving away from coastlines in other words which coastlines are going to be susceptible to storm surge we got to plan for all of them, especially 24 hours ahead of time or 18 hours ahead of time or even a few hours ahead of time we can pin point it and tell you exactly who will be at the greatest risk but in order to get people evacuated and into shelters early enough and we have to kind of plan for all exposures," he said.

If you have not begun taking necessary precautions please do so now.

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.   .  Mothers and families can call the hospital at 648-6702/6703/6704 for more information.

As for storm shelters they are now open. Call your village mayor to make transportation arrangements...

For northern residents:

Machanaonao Elementary School

Astumbo Elementary School

Maria Ulloa Elementary School

Central Residents:

George Washington High School

Southern Residents:

Talofofo Elementary School

Merizo Martyrs Elementary School

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·         Satellite imagery
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