Residents urged to prepare for the storm: Tropical Storm 10W on track towards the Marianas

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Guam – Various local and federal agencies have issued storm preparation advisories in light of Tropical Storm 10W’s current track towards the region. 

Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense has issued a statement urging residents to take the necessary precautionary measures in anticipation of the storm, no later than today, Wednesday.

•       Take down or tightly secure canopies and clear loose debris around your yard. Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
•       Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change. Advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
•       Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
•       Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
•       Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
•       Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
•       Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.

In addition the US Coast Guard has also issued a statement regarding marine precautionary measures, stating “The Coast guard is working closely with local and state first responder agencies. Once the storm begins to impact the islands, emergency responders may not be able to assist those in danger. The public is urged to heed all evacuation orders. Mariners should seek safe harbor and shelter.”

Additionally, mariners are advised to secure their vessels and equipment. Larger boats, if possible, should be moved in order to avoid damage to marinas or breaking free of their moorings. Smaller boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place not prone to flooding and is protected from high winds. Rip tides and high surf, as a result of the storm may pose a risk to anyone venturing out onto beaches or into open water, hence we are advised to avoid these areas, not only during the storm, but after as well, with the risk of runoff contamination, up to several days following the storm. Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials issue an “all clear”.

Also, the Guam Power Authority asks that residents prepare for potential power outages throughout the storms duration:

  • Double check all electrical appliances or switches that may be “ON” and turn them “OFF”, most especially cooking stoves and irons. However a small lamp or single light fixture can be left “ON”, to monitor the power status of your home or business.
  • If you are operating a generator during the outage, you must shut off the main breaker(s) of all homes or buildings connected to your generator, to prevent “back feed” of power from your generator into the island wide power systems, which could result in injury or death to GPA crews.
  • In the event of voltage fluctuations such as extremely bright or very dim lighting, immediately unplug all your “sensitive” appliances which include: refrigerators, air conditioners, computer and computer related equipment, microwave ovens, television sets, etc.

GPA crews will also be conducting their pre-storm inspections and line clearing, as high winds have the potential to blow vegetation into surrounding power lines. Should you run into such issues you can visit their Facebook page or call their 24 hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473 or 475-1474

Tropical Storm 10W is currently 155 miles southeast of Guam, 180 miles South south-east of Rota hence the tropical storm warning issued by the National Weather Service. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for the two islands further north, with 10W located 230 miles south of Tinian and 240 miles south of Saipan. Damaging wind speeds of 39 mph or more are anticipated for Tinian and Saipan within the next 24 to 36 hours, however for Guam and Rota, those showers are expected a lot sooner.

We will keep you updated as tropical storm 10W progresses.