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Island leaders are encouraging the people of Guam to take advantage of the weather today by making the necessary preparations for Typhoon Dolphin. Home Depot hardware supervisor Tony Lucas says since the store opened this morning, it's been flooded with customers hoping to stock-up on supplies for Typhoon Dolphin. "Batteries, we have generators, we're actually sold out right now, plywood, flashlights, just all safety bungee cords, tie-downs, we're selling out real fast," he explained.

Yigo resident Mike Ruiz purchased some of those supplies today saying while Guam has been spared from several storms recently, it's best to be prepared for what Typhoon Dolphin will bring. "I think it's been almost 12 years since the last big typhoon for us, so we're about ready for one, we have to be prepared," he told KUAM News.

Dededo resident David Poppe meanwhile purchased cases of water today to prepare for the typhoon. It's his first typhoon on Guam and believes the government along with the media have helped him prepare for it. "I think they've been more than adequate both online and on the radio, cell phones, notifying everyone that something is coming," he said. And while the people of Guam prepare for Typhoon Dolphin, Governor Eddie Calvo says civil, local and federal authorities are working collaboratively in preparation for a direct hit.

"I think many of the scares we've had these past few years, it has been an opportunity for both government agencies-local and federal to do real time exercises based on the threats to ensure we hone our skills and processes for the potential of a hit," said Governor Eddie Calvo.

Governor Calvo says the near hits Guam has had in the past year should be considered a practice. And while Guam was spared before, he believes people should take Typhoon Dolphin seriously and take the proper steps. Calvo added, "We can't judge Mother Nature. That's my caution to all those folks because of the near misses that we've had."

Governor Calvo planned to make his way around the island to look at areas that have been problematic in the past such as where flooding or heavy damaged has occurred. He added, "Again, this island and the people will be in my prayers."

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