Guam in COR 3 – Typhoon Yutu to impact islands earlier than originally anticipated

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Guam – Tropical storm Yutu is now Typhoon Yutu and is making its way to the Marianas.

As of the 4:44 PM update from NWS, Yutu, originally anticipated to impact the Marianas on Thursday, will instead begin to impact the islands on Wednesday, before moving through on Thursday.

Typhoon Yutu, on its current track, is headed towards Saipan. At 3:06 this afternoon, the national weather service upgraded Yutu to a typhoon. As of the 2 this afternoon, the eye of the typhoon was about 450 miles east-southeast of Guam. The storm is moving westward at 14 miles an hour.

A tropical storm watch was issued for Guam and a Tropical Storm warning was issued for Rota this morning. Guam is in Condition of Readiness 3. A typhoon warning was issued for Saipan and Tinian. Both Commonwealth Islands are in Condition of Readiness 2. NWS says Guam could enter COR 2 later tonight.

At today’s heavy weather briefing at Guam Homeland Security/ Office of Civil Defense Meteorologist Chip Guard said poorly constructed buildings could sustain moderate damage, and that tarps and canopies should be secured, if not dismantled. With an election just around the corner, political signs should be well-secured or taken down, or else they could be blown away.