Almost 200 went to storm shelters

If need be, Guam Department of Education schools will be used as storm shelters. (PNC file photo)
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To protect themselves from the rain, wind, and cold brought on by Tropical Storm Kammuri, many homeless residents, as well as those living in substandard housing, sought shelter in established facilities throughout the island.

As Tropical Storm Kammuri blew through the Marianas — bringing with it heavy sheets of rainfall and winds clocking in at almost 40 miles per hour — nearly 200 island residents spent the night in shelters to wait for the storm’s passage.

Sgt. Paul Tapao, GPD spokesperson, said there were over 173 who took shelter in the three designated shelters — Machanao Elementary School, B.P. Carbullido Elementary School, and Harry S. Truman.

Out of the three shelters, Machanaonao Elementary School housed the most with 150 residents checking into the facility, with more than half of them being children.

The southern shelter, Harry S. Truman Elementary School, held 11 residents.

As for the central shelter, B.P. Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada, 12 homeless adults were housed. While the night posed no complications, Vince Hocog said that he was concerned about the weather conditions.

“We all are. We’re still talking about the storm earlier last night. We just got the news today. Like you said, 10 minutes ago, we’re in COR 4 so I’m happy,” Hocog said.

All residents in the shelters were released at the announcement of the island being in Condition of Readiness Level 4 at 11 this morning. Officials from the Guam Department of Education will be conducting damage assessments of each facility to make sure that they are operational by the time classes resume.