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National Weather Service staying on top of the typhoon

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 1:27 PM +10:00 Updated:

The Guam National Weather Service is hunkering down as they work to maintain communications during the storm. A very high-tech setup in their command post at the Office of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in Agana Heights has been the view for our meteorologists monitoring Typhoon Mangkhut all weekend.

The weekend brought clear and quiet skies, but as Monday approached, the time was up for preparations. The lunch hour serving up the start of the heavy wind and rain coming from Typhoon Mangkhut.

Brandon Aydlett, Meteorologist said, "We've expected it for a while."  Adylett is part of the local team tracking the storm, and added, "It's moving pretty quickly toward the west."

Watching closely as the meteorologist like Brandon secured his home. "I didn't have any fears, but I've got a seven month old baby," he admitted.

And making sure his family would be safe during the height of it all, he said, "My main concern was making sure my wife and child were safe. I took preparations several days ago knowing that I'd be in the office a lot."

Local meteorologists have been working countless hours monitoring Mangkhut. The NWS staff say they are also staying in close contact with weather officials in Hawaii. "No matter what happens, if we go down, the Weather Service will still be forecasting throughout the Marianas and we will always keep an eye on the weather."

The ultimate path is what has many bracing for the worst - a path that Brandon and his crew will continue tracking even after the typhoon clears the Marianas. He said, "If the typhoon directly hits, Guam will see some loss. But that's what insurance is for. Those things are material. It's the people that are most important. That's why we do what we do at NWS."

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