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Islanders urged to prepare for possible typhoon

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 5:08 PM +10:00 Updated:

It might be the calm before the storm, but don't let the sunny sky fool you. The National Weather Service and Homeland Security held a heavy weather briefing Friday afternoon, warning of a potential typhoon next Tuesday.

Despite the heat, a tropical disturbance intensifying east of the Marianas, has the CNMI, Rota, Tinian, and Guam on high alert. At a heavy weather briefing, The NWS' Brandon Aydelett announced that Guam is looking at heavy rain Monday night and worst case scenario a possible Category 2, 3 or 4 Typhoon Tuesday, September 11.  

"Right now the weather's going to be fine today, Saturday, and Sunday but the forecast model has been very consistent bringing a Typhoon Category 2, Category 3, or even Category 4 storm; over Guam on Tuesday - that's the scary thing this thing has a lot of time to travel and get its act together and intensify. Unlike previous storms we've had in the last couple of months they developed near or over Guam, so they were sloppy, but this one can be a very powerful hit, one that we've not seen in over a decade," he explained,

 According to Aydelett, a Category 3 typhoon includes sustained winds of 111-129 miles per hour with gust up to 164MPH, while a Category 4 typhoon could see damaging winds of 135-165 miles per hour with gusts anywhere between 165-198 miles per hour.

Jenna Blas, spokesperson for Homeland Security urges residents to begin safety preparations now. "Stock up on your emergency preparedness kits making sure you have non-perishable food items bottled water enough for your family make sure you enclose important documents such as birth certificates even insurance plans or plans for the home making sure you're keeping those safe and secure. You also want to clear loose debris you want to do that now while the weather's nice, you want to clear loose debris, take down canopies, make a plan for your pets make sure you can bring them indoors as soon as the inclement weather happens," she said.

Meantime, NWS will continue to track the storm, the current track has the typhoon passing Andersen Air Force Base and Yigo, but that could possibly change, adding either way it could be a dangerous situation for Guam on 9/11.

Watches are set to go into effect as early as Saturday.

"The bottom line is we're still four days off, change can happen, but as long as its east of the Marianas we have to keep a close watch on this, again this could be one of our worst hits since 2002, I believe, Ponsonga," said Aydlett.

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