JIC #3: NWS Issues Tropical Storm Watch for Guam; Governor Places Island in Condition of Readiness 3

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Guam – The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan as Tropical Depression 26W tracks south of Guam. 

That means that tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds, sustained at more than 40mph are possible within the next 48 hours. The Joint Information Center [JIC] has also issued a notice that Governor Calvo has placed the island in Condition of Readiness 3 which means the same thing as a Tropical Storm Watch.  [read JIC release #3 below].

READ the NWS Tropical Storm Watch notice HERE

The NWS says that 4 to 7 inches of rain are likely through tomorrow along with sustained winds in the 35 mph range and winds gusts up to 40 mph. High Surf and Small Craft Advisories have been extended until Saturday morning.

Earlier this afternoon, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center [JTWC] UPGRADED the tropical distrubance to a Tropical Depression.

SEE the colorized radar loop of the developing system HERE  

READ the NWS’s Wednesday 2:48pm UPDATE on Tropical Depression 26W HERE

READ JIC News Release #3 below:

JIC News Release #3
October 16, 2013 (2 p.m ChST)

The Governor declared Guam in Condition of Readiness 3. This means damaging winds are expected on Guam within the next 48 hours. The National Weather Service has placed Guam under a Tropical Storm Watch, which means the same thing: damaging winds between 39-73 mph are possible within the next 48 hours.

The Governor made this determination after receiving word from weather officials that Tropical Depression 26W still is tracking to intensify into a tropical storm, and to pass through our area as it intensifies.

We may have damaging winds some time tomorrow; residents should stay tuned to the news for further updates.

To review information we’ve put out in previous releases:

–          Public schools will remain open today; after school programs are canceled
The government of Guam will stay open today
–          The Chamorro Village night market is canceled
–          Shelters are not opening at this time, but officials are identifying and making preparations for shelters in case they’re needed
–          The Joint Information Center is coordinating all public information
–          We have set up a staging area for the reporters in the IOF of Civil Defense (please call Alyssa Benito to get set up; please bring your credentials with you)
–          The Consulates of the Philippines, Palau, FSM, and Japan all have agreed to translate information we send out to residents and visitors who do not speak English
–          DISID and the Mayors Council are disseminating information to residents with disabilities

This is what you should do to prepare. Even if this turns out to be a banana storm, it is far better to be safe and prepared than sorry:

1.      Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
2.      Clean your yard and the outside of your house of anything that could fly in high winds
3.      Stock up on non-perishable foods (like can goods) and drinking water
4.      Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios. It is important that you have a battery-operated radio
5.      Get your shutters ready. You may need to put them up based on more information we will have this afternoon about this potential storm

We remind Guamanians of these tips to stay safe in these weather conditions:

–          Drive slower than the posted speed limits; puddles can be misleading
–          Do not go out on a boat; and definitely do not go swimming, surfing, or fishing, or otherwise get in the water
–          Keep listening to the radio for information. So far, the radio stations committed to putting out information from Civil Defense are:

Our office will put out the latest information through these releases, and through our website, ghs.guam.gov, and our Facebook site, www.facebook.com/guamhomeland. Otherwise, Guamanians can call our office at 475-9600 for information as well.

READ JIC News Release #2 below: 

[9pm Wednesday]

JIC News Release #2
October 16, 2013 (12:25 p.m. ChST)

There’s only a few hours of daylight left in the day, so the Governor is asking Guamanians to make preparations as though storm-type winds and rains are expected by tonight.

The Governor anticipates declaring the island in Condition of Readiness 3 over what will likely be a tropical storm passing near the island and bringing heavy rains and winds tonight and tomorrow. Gov. Calvo will make this determination, in coordination with the Admiral Payne, sometime after 1 p.m. today.

Condition of Readiness 3 means that damaging winds are possible within 48 hours. This condition, or COR, can be for either tropical storms or typhoons. In this case, as of now, we’re looking at the possibility of a tropical storm. ‘Damaging winds’ means winds capable of picking up objects that can hit you or your property. This kind of wind, along with the rain, can cause flooding, make debris fly, and topple over small trees.

The government of Guam is making preparations as though COR3 will be declared. Public schools are expected to remain open through the remainder of the school day, except that all after school programs have been canceled. The Deputy Superintendent of Education is a part of the Joint Information Center, and will keep Guamanians informed of any information as it relates to schools. Also, the night market at Chamorro Village was canceled as well.

Civil Defense officials also are working with the Department of Education and the Mayors to determine what sites would be used as shelters, in case it’s necessary to open shelters.

The Governor asks everyone on the road this afternoon to drive slowly and carefully. It is important for drivers to yield to school buses, vehicles moving disabled citizens, and emergency vehicles.

The Mayors Council of Guam and DISID are working together to inform residents with disabilities about what they can do to prepare. We also are working with the several consulate offices to translate information for residents and visitors who do not speak English.

This is what you should do to prepare. Even if this turns out to be a banana storm, it is far better to be safe and prepared than sorry:

1.      Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
2.      Clean your yard and the outside of your house of anything that could fly in high winds
3.      Stock up on non-perishable foods (like can goods) and drinking water
4.      Get batteries for flashlights and batter-operated radios. It is important that you have a battery-operated radio
5.      Get your shutters ready. You may need to put them up based on more information we will have this afternoon about this potential storm

We remind Guamanians of these tips to stay safe in these weather conditions:

–          Drive slower than the posted speed limits; puddles can be misleading
–          Do not go out on a boat; and definitely do not go swimming, surfing, or fishing, or otherwise get in the water
–          Keep listening to the radio for information. So far, the radio stations committed to putting out information from Civil Defense are:

Our office will put out the latest information through these releases, and through our website,ghs.guam.gov, and our Facebook site, www.facebook.com/guamhomeland.

Guamanians can call our office at 475-9600 for information as well.  

 

READ JIC News Release #1 below: 

Disturbance Probably to Become Storm; Governor Asks Guamanians to Prepare

JIC News Release #1
October 16, 2013 (10:30 a.m. ChST)

Dust off your storm-preparedness plan. The tropical disturbance moving closer to Guam is intensifying. Weather officials are predicting this disturbance will be upgraded to a tropical storm possibly by later today. Whether a storm watch or warning is declared all depends on how certain weather officials are about the potential storm getting closer to the island. The Governor may make a declaration following a heavy weather briefing later today. He is asking Guamanians to make preparations and to stay tuned for more information.

The Governor has stood up the Joint Information Center to coordinate all public information. The JIC is coordinating a staging area for the media, so information can be provided to the public as quickly as possible.

There is no plan at this time to close schools or the government of Guam today. Work and school continue, except that the night market at the Chamorro Village tonight has been canceled. Guamanians are asked to exercise caution with all this rain and the increase in winds.

The weather changes all the time, against even the most scientific predictions. That means, in this case, the disturbance could pass us without much incident, or it can hover and become a bigger storm. The important thing is for all Guamanians to be as prepared as possible.

We provide you some information on what you should do below. First, this is what we know about Tropical Disturbance:

–          It is still east of Guam, closer to us today than it was yesterday (about 120-miles east)
–          As of now, the estimated closest point of approach of the potential storm is tonight. Weather officials predict that as the storm leaves the island, it will slow down and take a north turn. This will cause strong winds to remain possibly through Friday. Again, these forecasts can change.
–          Right now, the island is experiencing winds of about 25 miles per hour, and gusts up to 40 mph. We currently expect these wind speeds to intensify, causing tropical storm conditions on Guam tonight. To put the current wind speeds into perspective, these are wind speeds that classify either a weak or a strong tropical storm:

o   Weak Tropical Storm: Winds between 30 – 49 mph
o   Strong Tropical Storm: Winds between 50 – 73 mph

This is what you should do to prepare. Even if this turns out to be a banana storm, it is far better to be safe and prepared than sorry:

1.      Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
2.      Clean your yard and the outside of your house of anything that could fly in high winds
3.      Stock up on non-perishable foods (like can goods) and drinking water
4.      Get batteries for flashlights and batter-operated radios. It is important that you have a battery-operated radio
5.      Get your shutters ready. You may need to put them up based on more information we will have this afternoon about this potential storm

We remind Guamanians of these tips to stay safe in these weather conditions:
–          Drive slower than the posted speed limits; puddles can be misleading
–          Do not go out on a boat; and definitely do not go swimming, surfing, or fishing, or otherwise get in the water
–          Keep listening to the radio for information. So far, the radio stations committed to putting out information from Civil Defense are:

Our office will put out the latest information through these releases, and through our website, ghs.guam.gov, and our Facebook site, www.facebook.com/guamhomeland.

Guamanians can also call our office at 475-9600 for information as well. 

 

TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS...INCLUDING DAMAGING SUSTAINED   WINDS OF 40 MPH OR MORE...ARE POSSIBLE IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.