Guam - The governor has now declared the island in Condition Of Readiness 1. This means that damaging winds are expected to occur within 12 hours. It also means no outdoor activities are allowed unless it's an extreme emergency-but otherwise stay indoors.
The latest information from the National Weather Service is that the worst conditions are expected tomorrow morning. Damaging winds of 39 miles per hour are expected to roll in at around 1 o'clock Saturday morning, with destructive winds of about 58 miles per hour expected at around 5 o'clock in the morning. Winds at the center are around 40 with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The NWS expects around 4-6" of rain during the passage of the tropical storm. The storm will also bring strong rip currents, and flooding in low-lying coastal areas.
You are urged to please stay out of the water.
As for island residents who need a safe place to ride out the storm we need to pass along that Machanaonao Elementary School can no longer accept families it has reached its capacity. Residents are urged to please go to either Maria Ulloa Elementary or Astumbo Elementary in Dededo. Call your village mayor to make transportation arrangements.
DESIGNATED STORM SHELTERS:
For northern residents: Astumbo Elementary School Maria Ulloa Elementary School
Central residents: George Washington High School
Southern residents: Talofofo Elementary School Merizo Martyrs Elementary School
Elsewhere, expectant mothers at least 38 weeks pregnant and all high risk expectant mothers who are six months pregnant or more can now check into the Guam Memorial Hospital.
Also the main gate for Andersen Air Force Base is closed to all nonessential and nonemergency personnel. At Naval Hospital Guam, the main gate is now closed, the construction gate will provide access to the hospital. Signs directing traffic at the main gate will provide directions for traffic. There will also be no gate closures for Naval Base Guam or Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam. Restricted access to all gates will remain in effect until further notice.