TROPICAL STORM UPDATE FROM THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
Guam – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at(ChST) today.
The closest point of approach to Guam is anticipated. However, it’s important to note that meteorologists are expecting winds and rain to continue and possibly strengthen after the closest point of approach for several hours. This is called a monsoon tail. If it occurs, Guam will see similar conditions to what followed Typhoon Dolphin several weeks ago.
As oftoday, Tropical Storm Goni was located about 180 miles southeast of Saipan, 185 miles southeast of Tinian, 175 miles east-southeast of Rota and 190 miles east of Guam. It continues to move west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds currently at 40 mph.
Tropical Storm Goni is moving on a current track that would bring it between Rota and Tinianmorning. Any delay on the northwest turn would take it closer to Guam and Rota instead. Tropical Storm Goni is expected to gradually intensify, possibly becoming a typhoon late night or morning.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 36 hours.
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are likely within 24 hours.
A typhoon watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more are possible within 36 hours.
The Joint Information Center reminds the community to stay tuned for updated weather information. Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can get worse quickly, change direction, or dissipate. Being prepared helps ensure everyone’s safety.
Take Time NOW to Prepare
The Governor and Rear Admiral are urging Guamanians to make necessary preparations at home. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps to prepare for a storm:
Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household:
• Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
• Battery-operated radio
• Flashlights, extra batteries
• First-aid kit
• Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
• Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
• Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
• Get your shutters ready.