Guam in COR4 Typhoon Watch Lifted

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Chan-Hom Moving West-Northwest Away From Rota

Guam – As of 11am Sunday Guam was placed into Condition of Readiness or COR4.

The National Weather Service has also lifted the typhoon watch for Guam and Rota which means both islands can no longer expect the possibility of typhoon strength winds. However a typhoon warning remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian. The Governor’s office reminds the public that although Chan-Hom is moving away there is still a lot of rain and high surf.

READ GOV’s Release Below:

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

JIC Release No. 10

July 5, 2015 (10:30 a.m. ChST)

 

COR 4 to be Declared; Drive with Caution; Stay out of the Water

 

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are urging residents to heed warning advisories; stay away from the beaches, and drive with caution as Tropical Chan-Hom makes its way past Guam.

With the storm’s passage, the Governor and Rear Admiral have made the decision to move Guam and the military bases, respectively, back to Condition of Readiness (COR) 4 by 11 a.m. today.

Our island has seen its fair share of natural disasters and other contingencies, and we were blessed this time around. I am very proud of our Guahan families for taking this storm seriously and making the necessary precautions in the event of a worst case scenario,” stated Governor Calvo. “This storm continues to bring a great deal of rain and wind so I am asking everyone to be careful on the roads and to avoid getting into the water. We want everyone to be safe out there.”

As of 7 a.m., Chan-Hom was located 60 miles northeast of Guam and 15 miles east-southeast of Rota. It was located at 14 degrees north and 145.4 degrees east moving northwest at 6 mph. Guam is continuing to get winds of 25 mph and can expect to experience this for the next couple hours.

Although the island will be placed in COR 4 by late morning, residents and visitors are advised to heed the cautions from the National Weather Service, which plans to remove the typhoon watch for Guam by 11 a.m. today.

Flash flood warning in effect

Do not go hiking. Flash flooding is expected in low-lying areas and near river and streams. As a result, it is extremely dangerous to venture into jungle.

 

Also, residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action. Concurrently, this can cause manholes to come up out of the pavement so motorists are advised to be very cautious regarding manholes.

 

Six to 9 inches of rain have already fallen on Guam with flash flooding expected to continue over the next several hours. Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are likely today.

 

High surf advisory

Stay out of the water. A high surf advisory has been issued, which means water conditions are dangerous. Guam can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs, 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs, and 6 to 9 feet along north facing reefs through tomorrow.

 

ACCURATE INFORMATION THROUGH OUR MEDIA PARTNERS

The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:

 

GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov

GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guam-Homeland-Security

Governor of Guam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo

National Weather Service: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam

 

Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam

 

READ Sun. 11am NWS Update Below:

 

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WTPQ31 PGUM 050118 TCPPQ1  BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM CHAN-HOM (09W) INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 18A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU WP092015  1100 AM CHST SUN JUL 5 2015  ...TROPICAL STORM CHAN-HOM HEADING WEST-NORTHWEST AWAY FROM ROTA...  CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY -------------------------- THE TYPHOON WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR GUAM...ROTA AND THE  ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.  WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- THE TYPHOON WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR GUAM...ROTA AND THE  ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS. TYPHOON CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED.  A TYPHOON WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAIPAN AND TINIAN AND THEIR  COASTAL WATERS. HOWEVER...TYPHOON WINDS ARE NOW LESS LIKELY AND  TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.   A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ROTA AND THEIR COASTAL WATERS. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS...INCLUDING WINDS OF 39 TO 73 MPH...ARE OCCURRING OR ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THIS EVENING.  SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CHST...0000 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...14.1N 145.0E  ABOUT  15 MILES WEST OF ROTA  ABOUT  50 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF GUAM ABOUT  75 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF TINIAN ABOUT  85 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAIPAN  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH PRESENT MOVEMENT...WEST-NORTHWEST...295 DEGREES AT 8 MPH.  DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- AT 1000 AM CHST...0000 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CHAN-HOM  WAS LOCATED BY RADAR NEAR LATITUDE 14.1 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE  145.0 DEGREES EAST. LATEST RADAR IMAGERY INDICATES THE CENTER HAS  MOVED TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 8 MPH THE PAST COUPLE OF  HOURS...BUT THE MOTION IS STILL EXPECTED TO BE SOMEWHAT ERRATIC FOR  THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. CHAN-HOM WILL MAINTAIN A GENERAL HEADING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN AT 45 MPH. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS  EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 100 MILES FROM THE CENTER IN THE EAST SEMICIRCLE.  CHAN-HOM IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY SLOWLY THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS IT  BEGINS MOVING OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA.  NEXT ADVISORY ------------- THE NEXT SCHEDULED ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER  SERVICE THIS AFTERNOON AT 200 PM FOLLOWED BY AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY AT 500 PM.  $$  M. AYDLETT