Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1 as Super Typhoon Mawar continues to approach the island, according to the Joint Information Center. Island residents are urged to stay indoors until COR 4 is declared by Democrat Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
As of 11 a.m. on May 24, 11 out of the 12 school emergency shelters are still operating and accepting shelterees.
Harry S. Truman Elementary School was closed, due to a generator issue. All occupants were transported to Inalahan Elementary School shelter.
The JIC said the following emergency shelters remain open:
AsTumbo Elementary School
Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School
Machananao Elementary School
Upi Elementary School
Wettengel Elementary School
B.P. Carbullido Elementary School
George Washington High School
Talo’fo’fo Elementary School
Merizo Martyrs Memorial School
Inalåhan Middle School
M.U. Lujan Elementary School
The 12 school emergency shelters can accept more than 3,500. As of 11 am, 927 residents are seeking shelter at the designated sites across the island.
Super Typhoon Mawar is moving northwest towards Guam, according to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Guam.
As of 12:02 p.m. on May 24, Mawar was located about 60 miles east-southeast of Guam. A maximum sustained wind of 140 mph was traced around 10:30 a.m.
Typhoon Warning remains in effect for Guam and Rota. Damaging winds of 39 mph will build to typhoon force winds late this morning to early afternoon.
The center of Typhoon Mawar was located near Latitude 13.0 degrees North and Longitude 145.6 degrees East. Mawar is moving northwest at 6 mph. It is expected to make a slight turn toward the west-northwest with a slight increase in forward speed over the next 24 hours. This will bring Mawar just south or directly over Guam this afternoon.
Maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 140 mph.
Mawar is forecast to intensify through tonight. Structural changes in the eyewall convection may lead to variations in the overall intensity.
Moreover, the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org.