JIC #20: Storm-Force Winds to Last from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Destructive Winds Now Deemed Less Likely

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TROPICAL STORM 09W UPDATE: Storm-Force Winds to Last from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Destructive Winds Now Deemed Less Likely
                                                                                                       
JIC News Release No. 20
July 12, 2014, 3:55 a.m.
                                                                                                       
Guam residents can expect less severe weather than previously predicted as a result of Tropical Storm 09W.  This information was just released by meteorologists at the National Weather Service to the Joint Information Center.
                                                                                                       
As the JIC reported previously, there was a chance the storm would take a more northward track, which reduces its impact on Guam.  
                                                                                     
The closest point of approach is now forecast at 8 or 9 a.m.  According to the NWS, it’s possible the worst of the storm will pass north of Guam.  In fact, some data indicates the entire storm may pass north of Guam, and not make a direct hit.
                                                                                                                                                                                            
This updated forecast is based on new satellite information on wind shearing patterns, new analysis on the storm’s center and path, and re-evaluation of the intensification of the tropical storm.  It appears the storm has weakened overnight.
                                                                                                       
Residents are still advised that a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Guam.  This means that Tropical Storm force winds are still possible in the early morning, but not as strong as previously forecast.Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 1.  COR1 means that residents are asked to stay indoors and off of roadways, except in cases of emergencies. All families at shelters are advised to remain at shelters until the all-clear is given.
                                                                                                       
Chip Guard from NWS reports that residents can expect winds of up to 40 mph beginning 6 a.m. and last until 10 a.m.  Destructive winds of 58 mph or more are now less likely than previously predicted. 
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
This release is based on the latest forecast information available.  Please remember that weather forecasts can change, so updates will be provided from the Joint Information Center whenever the latest data is released.  Everything about the storm, including its track motion, strength, and speed can change.
                                                                                                       
The next advisory from the NWS and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center will be released around 8 a.m.
                                                                                                       
For more information, please contact JIC Coordinator Phill Leon Guerrero at 929-7467 or 478-0208.