TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: heaviest rains tonight

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Guam – The following press release was provided by the Office of the Governor of Guam.

TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Storm moving away from Guam, Rota; More wind expected from feeder bands
July 5, 2018
12:30 p.m.

Tropical Storm Maria continues its northwest track away from Guam and Rota.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan and adjacent coastal waters. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are still occurring.

At 10 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near Latitude 14.1 North and Longitude 144.1 East. Tropical Storm Maria is moving northwest at 10 mph. It is expected to maintain this general direction with a decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours.

However, the heavy rain threat continues for the Marianas. The heaviest rainfall is expected tonight, about 4 to 6 inches, on top of what has already fallen. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch that will remain in effect through Friday morning.

Government of Guam agency directors and employees have been at the offices ensuring they are ready to be open at 1 p.m.

UTILITIES 
Guam Power Authority:  Areas in progress – Mangilao, Yigo, Dededo, Pulantat in Yona, Talofofo, Agat, Chalan Pago. The Guam Power Authority continues to restore power. There are isolated areas that other crews are working on as well.  Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.

Guam Waterworks Authority:  Areas in Tiyan and Pigua Subdivision of Merizo have had some water outages. GWA is asking customers to call the dispatch at 646-4211.

ROAD CONDITIONS
The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies continue working to help ensure safety on the roads.

Route 17, Cross Island Road is impassible at this time. All other major routes are open.

Traffic lights
The Intersection of Route 8 and Toto Canada Road (near Mobil gas station) is blinking. DPW crews will be resetting it. Residents are asked to proceed with caution as they approach this light; please treat it as a three-way stop.

Most traffic lights are back online. Route 1 & Route 16 intersection is still out. A GPD officer continues to direct traffic.

Stay Tuned for Updates
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 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas via email at [email protected] or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

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