Guam – At 4 a.m. today, the Joint Information Center issued COR 1, meaning the island could expect typhoon weather conditions in the next 12 hours.
According to JIC’s release #30 regarding Typhoon Mangkhut, residents are urged to stay indoors as damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected as early as 1 p.m., and destructive winds of 58 mph or more are expected as early as 6 p.m.
Damaging winds will last from early afternoon today through early Tuesday morning.
Based on its current track, Mangkhut’s closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam is forecasted around 8 p.m. tonight.
See the latest release below:
TYPHOON MANGKHUT UPDATE: Guam in COR 1
Residents urged to Stay Indoors
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo places Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1. COR1 means destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours.
As of 1 a.m., Typhoon Mangkhut was located 15.0 degrees north latitude and 149.9 degrees east longitude. It is currently 360 miles east-northeast of Guam and 280 miles east of Saipan moving toward the west.
Mangkhut has a current intensity of 85 mph sustained winds. On its current track, it is forecasted to make its closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam around 8 p.m. on Monday.
Although the weather seems clear, we anticipate the winds picking up through Monday. Stay vigilant.
· Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected as early as 1 p.m. Monday
· Destructive winds of 58 mph or more are expected by early as 6 p.m. Monday
· Closest Point of Approach is expected around 8 p.m. Monday
Damaging winds will last from early Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning.
As a reminder, these are projections and the storm may slow down, speed up, move farther south or even strengthen.
Hazardous weather will remain even after the storm’s closest point of approach has passed. Please remain sheltered in place until the all clear is given.
Heavy wind and rain increases the chance of hydroplaning. During COR1, the community is advised to stay indoors and off the roadways unless it is an emergency, or seeking shelter.
Northern residents seeking shelter should proceed to M.A. Ulloa Elementary, Juan M. Guerrero Elementary, or Wettengel Elementary.
Astumbo Elementary and F.B. Leon Guerrero shelters have reached maximum capacity and can NO LONGER ACCEPT RESIDENTS.
For residents seeking shelter at Astumbo Elementary School, the closest shelter is Juan M. Guerrero Elementary in Harmon across Cost-U-Less.
For residents seeking shelter at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, the closest shelter is M.A. Ulloa Elementary in Kaiser near Island Girl Power.
Machananao Elementary School is approaching capacity; the closest shelter is M.A. Ulloa Elementary in Kaiser near Island Girl Power or Wettengel Elementary School located across Dededo Department of Public Health and Social Services.
What to expect during COR1
Residents and visitors are advised to shelter in place, in a hardened structure, until the all clear is given.
GovGuam non-essential agencies are closed on Monday. Additionally, public schools, all Catholic schools, DODEA schools, and charter schools, are closed on Monday.
Sirens and Emergency Alert System to be used
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) through television and radio will be used beginning at 4 a.m. announcing Guam in COR 1.
The All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens, audible voice only, will be used at 7 a.m. as a secondary means of additional communication. The community can expect to hear voiced messages over the AHAWS alerting the community that Guam is in COR 1 or any additional information as needed.