Guam – The Joint Information Center has issued the following local weather update, with school closures, and safety recommendations.
Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 4
October 24, 2018
Typhoon Yutu Intensified Overnight; Use this Morning to Prepare
The National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor Typhoon Yutu as it continues to intensify and head toward the Marianas. Guam is in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at this time but expected to move to COR 2 at noon today.
As of 4 a.m., Yutu was located 12.6 degrees north latitude and 148.9 degrees east longitude, about 285 miles east-southeast of Guam and 275 miles southeast of Saipan. Yutu is moving west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds now at 105 mph.
What’s Open and Closed
The Government of Guam is open today, until 12 p.m., once COR 2 is announced.
The Guam Department of Education is closed today, in preparation for emergency shelters.
The Archdiocese of Agana announced all Catholic schools are closed today.
The University of Guam is open until noon today, for faculty, staff and students.
GCC will be open this morning, Wednesday, Oct. 24, until COR 2 is declared. COR 2 is expected to be declared at noon, at which time GCC will close. Classes are in session this morning from 8 am – noon. Employees are to report to work to secure their areas.
Military personnel and DoD employees, to include faculty and students at DoDEA schools are to report at normal hours to receive further guidance.
The AAFES Gas Express and Shoppette, located at the Guam National Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada will be open until noon today, October 24, until Guam is placed in Condition of Readiness 2.
Destructive Winds Now a Possibility for Guam
Yutu has tracked further south through the night and is now expected to pass the Marianas south of Tinian. Based on the current track, Yutu is expected to impact Guam with both damaging winds and destructive winds.
Landfall of damaging winds of 39 mph or more is expected around 4 p.m. today, October 24.
Landfall of destructive winds of 58 mph or more is expected at around 3 a.m. Thursday, October 25.
The closest point of approach for Guam is expected around 5 a.m. Thursday, October 25. The storm has shifted and may continue to do so. It is important to stay up to date with the latest information on Yutu as we continue to monitor. Due to the uncertainty to how close to Guam and how strong it will be when it passes, residents and visitors are advised to prepare now.
Take Action this Morning
• Roll up carpets away from doors and windows
• Make lighting supplies easily accessible
• Unplug all appliances and ensure energy breakers are switched off once damaging winds approach (forecast to be by late Wednesday afternoon)
• Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household and ensure every family member is aware of its location; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-
kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
• Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag
• If you live in an area prone to flooding, cover beds and furniture with plastic to prevent water damage
• Stay up to date in the event there are changes in weather conditions or Conditions of Readiness
• Do your laundry now
• If you have indoor pets, ensure they are part of your emergency plans (i.e. do they have necessary supplies)
• Secure your home – put shutters on windows, completely board up your home if it cannot withstand damaging winds
• Ensure the gas valve is shut off once damaging winds approach (forecast to be by late afternoon Wednesday)
• Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds such as canopies, tarps and trampolines, before inclement weather arrives
• Clear vegetation
• Take down any temporary signs, including those for political campaigns, advertisements, and any other wooden or loosely placed items that have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property
• Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators while the weather is clear
• Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area now to minimize the chance of flooding.
• Avoid camping, parking, or hiking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
• Visit https://www.ready.gov/floods to learn more.
• If you have outdoor pets, include them in your emergency plans (i.e. move them indoors before inclement weather arrives)
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
• NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
• GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
• GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
• Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10 or the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600/(671) 482-7019.