Governor expects Condition of Readiness 1 at 8pm
by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Get ready everyone we are expected to experience some pretty nasty weather over the next 12 hours or so. We are now in Condition of Readiness 2. Governor Eddie Calvo made that declaration at ten o'clock this morning. We are also under a Tropical Storm Warning. This means that we are expected to experience tropical storm conditions within the next 24 hours. According to the National Weather Service the storm is expected to pass over Guam tomorrow morning. Winds will peak anywhere between 55 to 60 miles per hour. The center of the storm was located about 225 miles east southeast of Guam.
Currently winds are about between 15-20 miles per hour. After midnight however they will pick up to around 30 to 40 miles per hour and again up to 55 or higher as it passes Guam tomorrow morning. The strongest winds are expected at 5am Saturday.
National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Chip Guard the storm could be really close and urges residents to be prepared. "For a direct hit we have to plan on all parts of the island to be affected and that means that as far as people moving away from coastlines in other words which coastlines are going to be susceptible to storm surge we got to plan for all of them, especially 24 hours ahead of time or 18 hours ahead of time or even a few hours ahead of time we can pi n point it and tell you exactly who will be at the greatest risk but in order to get people evacuated and into shelters early enough and we have to kind of plan for all exposures," he said.
The governor says its likely we will go into Condition of Readiness 1 at eight o'clock this evening.
For now he urges island residents to get ready for the impending storm.
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