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Now that Bavi's no longer a threat, what's next?

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 While this time of the year is typically dry season, Guam got an unexpected surprise with Tropical Storm Bavi over the weekend. Bavi made its closest approach late Sunday evening and eventually moved west of Guam. It made a brief visit over the weekend, but Tropical Storm Bavi is no longer a threat to the island.

"Tropical Storm Bavi began its life in the Marshall Islands a few days ago and travelled almost 1,700 miles to the Marianas as a tropical storm the center passed over Guam last night and now it's on it ways to the Philippine Sea and gradually weakening," said National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Williams. While Bavi had the potential to become a typhoon, it never really formed an eye or had typhoon strength. "This was kind of a unique situation," Williams continued. "The storm is what we called 'sheered', meaning it's relatively disorganized and most of the bad weather associated with the storm was actually to the northwest of the actual circulation on the surface.

"So Saipan, Tinian and Rota actually got worst weather even though the circulation passed over Guam."

Governor Eddie Calvo in the meantime says it seems the stars aligned right for Guam, adding, "But with that, we feel confident that we were prepared, we had about 400 folks housed in our shelters at the peak period, and again these are many who felt they were in substandard type of shelters in the initial onset of the news."

Only three storms shelters were opened for the storm.  Governor Calvo says preparedness is key as you can never predict Mother Nature, adding, "Thank the Lord that things turned out well for the people of Guam and from here we continue to move forward, and to ensure that any other potential event that we are prepared for whatever potentiality that may occur."

Williams meanwhile says what also made Bavi so unique is that storms rarely occur in March, as it's typically the middle of dry season on Guam. And while he says we shouldn't expect more storms anytime soon, we should prepare for some much-needed rain due to the tail end of the storm. "There will be showers on and off today and probably through tomorrow, so expect the next 24 hours to be rather wet. A lot the winds are going to die down somewhat especially tonight, so it should improve by mid-week and return to a dry trade wind pattern," he explained.

He adds the rain from today and Tuesday, will actually be more than what Bavi gave us over the weekend.

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