STORM WARNING: Guam, Rota; STORM WATCH: Tinian, Saipan

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Image, courtesy Office of the Governor of Guam.
Guam – The following press release was issued by the Office of the Governor of Guam.
NEWS: Guam in COR4; Tropical Depression 10W continues to general track towards Marianas
July 4, 2018
7:45 a.m.Tropical Depression 10W is still making its way towards the Mariana Islands as it continues to develop.The National Weather Service says the system has been wobbling.

As of 4 a.m., Tropical Depression 10W was southeast of Guam, moving towards the Marianas at about 3 mph.  Meteorologists forecast that the system will pass north of Guam late tonight to early tomorrow morning. The trajectory could shift.

The depression has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and is forecast to intensify through Thursday possibly becoming a tropical storm this afternoon.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam and has been issued for Rota. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are expected within 24 hours.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.

Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4.

The Governor’s Office, and the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense urge all residents to watch and/or listen for updated weather information.

Meteorologists warn that Guamanians might see winds pick up and more rainfall, along with rough seas in the next few hours.

We encourage families to check the weather and the surf advisory before finalizing their plans. Additionally, as the storm passes to the west of Guam, south and west facing reefs could see higher surf with life-threatening rip currents.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to take basic precautionary actions now in case the storm makes a turn for the worse.  Residents and visitors are advised to:

  • Take down 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.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
•    NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
•    NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
•    GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
•    GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
•    Governor Eddie Baza Calvo: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo