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Goni's closest approach: near 10am Sunday

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Tropical Storm Goni continues its trek toward the Marianas. Guam is in Condition of Readiness 2, as that declaration was made this afternoon by Adelup and Joint Region Marianas at 2:30pm. This means is that we could experience damaging winds of 39 miles per hour or more within 24 hours. 

Goni is expected to make its closest point of approach to Guam between 9 and 10 Sunday morning.

But even after the storm makes its closest point of approach we could see stronger winds of 40 MPH with more rain for several hours as we feel the brunt of the "monsoon tail". There's also a flash flood watch in effect for our island,  Goni is expected to produce anywhere between eight inches to a foot of rainfall.

We've already reported on our social media channels about flooding on roadways such as Polaris Point and Dead Man's Curve through Piti and Asan and major flooding near The Hyatt in Tumon. If you don't have to be on the road, then please stay home.

If you need a place to ride out the storm, three schools were opened as public shelters at 5pm Saturday:

- Astumbo Elementary School for northern residents

- George Washington High School for central residents

- Talofofo Elementary School for residents in Southern Guam

You should bring at least 7 days worth of food and water for your family , bedding and personal hygiene products, as well as some form of identification. There are several rules such as no weapons, or gas stoves, no alcohol. If you're in need of transportation, please contact your village mayor to make arrangements.

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense has also published information about healthcare centers around the island:

 

Meals for homebound senior citizens
DPHSS will be delivering dry goods today for homebound senior citizens for tomorrow’s meal service. This will ensure homebound senior citizens have nutritious meals tomorrow without any service interruption. 

 

Naval Hospital
Naval Hospital Guam will call pregnant women who are 38-weeks or longer and 36-weeks if high-risk (with complications) if they wish to ride out the storm at USNH Guam. At that point, outpatient visits will be cancelled.

 

Guam Memorial Hospital
Due to the hazardous road conditions, GMH strongly advises pregnant mothers to remain home. Pregnant mothers can call their doctors or call the hospital if they experience any difficulties. Visiting hours end at 8 p.m. today.
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