Guam – Residents with substandard homes that may not withstand typhoon-force winds are urged to seek storm shelters near you. The Office of the Governor in coordination with the Guam Department of Education have intitated plans to open emergency shelters by Monday morning.
The latest release out of the National Weather Service has issued a Typhoon watch for Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian with the anticipation of a Category 3 Tropical Storm Mangkhut to pass through the Marianas on Tuesday. As of 8 pm this evening, a slight northward shift has been noted, bringing TS Mangkhut closer to Rota. However, with ample time before it’s anticipated impact, additional shifts in timing, track and intensity are still possible. As of 7 pm this evening the storm’s center was located 14.4N 160.0 E, moving WNW at 18mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It’s distance from the region are as follows: 1025 miles E of Guam, 990 miles E of Rota, 960 miles E of Tinian and 995 miles E of Saipan. It is expected to intensify as it nears the Marianas, likely becoming a typhoon by late Sunday with it’s forecast anticipating a slow shift west with little change in forward motion through Sunday evening.
Emergency storm shelters will open on Monday morning, in the north, central and southern GDOE schools. This means all GDOE schools will be closed, with only emergency personnel required to report for duty at their respective assigned areas. In addition, all Catholic schools will also be closed on Monday, September 10th in accordance to a release out of the Archdioses of Agana.
Governor Calvo has since declared the entire island in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 as of 7 pm this evening, in anticipation of damaging wind speeds of 39-57 mph within the next 48 hours. There remains the possibility of a status update to a Category 4 Typhoon by the time it reaches Guam which means maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph with gusts as high as 165-198 mph are possible.
Residents are also urged to monitor Tropical Storm Mangkhut’s developments on PNC News First, News Talk K57, 105.1 KatFM, 99.5 The Shark and Power 98.