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Guam - It's time once again to batten down the hatches and get ready. The National Weather Service has issued a Typhoon Watch for Guam.     


At two o'clock this afternoon the NWS placed the island under a Typhoon Watch. This means that typhoon conditions including destructive winds of 75 miles per hour are possible within the next 48 hours.   


Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in the meantime is urging island residents to begin making safety preparations now such as:


- picking up and securing loose items around your home


- make sure to have your emergency kits readily available; this should include storing up on water, canned foods, flashlights and batteries, make sure to have your medications, gas your vehicles and generators, have a first aid kid ready, and make sure to put up your storm shutters.


Aside from a Typhoon Watch, a High Surf Warning is in effect as well as a Flash Flood Watch for all of the Marianas. Heavy showers are expected to move across Guam bringing five to eight inches or more to parts of the island during the storm's passing. This may result in isolated incidents of flooding to roads, small streams and other low-lying areas.


Guam is now in Condition of Readiness 3. Tropical Storm Halong is located about 215- miles east southeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour. It is moving west northwest at eight miles per hour. The closest point of approach is expected at around ten o'clock tomorrow evening.