Guam – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has declared the island of Guam in Condition of Readiness 2.
COR 2 means damaging winds are expected within 24 hours. Supertyphoon Yutu is expected to pass between Tinian and Rota early Thursday morning as a category 3 or category 4 typhoon.
Guam, however, will only experience tropical storm force winds. Damaging winds of 39 miles an hour or greater is expected around 4 p.m. Wednesday with destructive winds of 58 miles an hour around 4 a.m. Thursday.
Read the release from the Joint Information Center below:
Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 7
October 24, 2018
Guam in COR 2; Damaging Winds Expected this Afternoon
Guam is now in Condition of Readiness (COR) 2. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas have placed the island and military installations, respectively, in COR 2 as of 12 p.m. today.
COR 2 means typhoon-strength winds are possible within 24 hours. As of 10 a.m., Yutu was located 13.4 degrees north latitude and 147.8 degrees east longitude, about 205 miles east of Guam and 180 miles southeast of Saipan. Yutu is moving west-northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds now at 125 mph.
The governor and the admiral expect to declare COR1 at 5 p.m. this afternoon.
With only a few hours left before damaging winds arrive the governor strongly encourages everyone to remain indoors for the duration of the storm.
What should you do:
- Stay up to date – monitor local news, National Weather Service and the Joint Information Center
- If you have not done so, put up shutters now. Do not wait for winds to increase this afternoon.
- If you have not done so, clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds such as canopies, tarps and trampolines, before inclement weather arrives, which is in the next four hours.
- Keep emergency preparedness kit readily available, with battery operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
- Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag
- Unplug all appliances and ensure energy breakers are switched off once damaging winds approach
- If you live in an area prone to flooding, cover beds and furniture with plastic to prevent water damage
- Do your laundry now
- Ensure pets are part of your emergency plans (i.e. have enough supplies, bring them indoors, plan to keep them with a loved one or family member)
- Take down any temporary signs, including those for political campaigns, advertisements, and any other wooden or loosely placed items that have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property
- Conduct all preparedness activities before 4 p.m., as damaging winds will impact the island then.
- Do not camp, park, or hike along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
- When you’re done securing your homes and you know someone elderly, living with a disability, or who will otherwise need help, please see how you can help them. If you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please let your neighbor know what the updates are.
Emergency shelters will open at 2 p.m.
Ø Astumbo Elementary School
Ø Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School
Ø Upi Elementary School
Ø Machananao Elementary School
Ø George Washington High School
Ø Harry S. Truman Elementary School
Ø Merizo Martyrs Memorial School
Ø Talofofo Elementary
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
- NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
- NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
- GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
- GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
- Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
- Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10 or the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600/(671) 482-7019.