Typhoon Mangkhut leaves hazardous seas in its wake


Guam – Although the island has been under Condition of Readiness (COR) 4 since 12 pm this afternoon, hazardous seas remain. Therefore, the National Weather Service and GovGuam continue to urge residents to “Stay out of the water”, at least for a few more days. 

Typhoon Mangkhut continues to make its way away from the Marianas, but not before churning up hazardous surf to leave in its wake. The National Weather Service (NWS) has recorded current seas of 10 to 12 feet that are expected to subside by later tonight, to between 8 to 10 feet, hence their advisement for residents and visitors alike to “stay out of the water.” Small craft and high surf advisories have been issued by the NWS and will remain active through 6 am tomorrow morning. However, should hazardous surf continue, an updated advisory will be issued.

A joint Multi-agency collaboration, local, federal, military, private and non-profit, continue to conduct assessments of Manghkut’s aftermath and urge residents and visitors alike to observe caution when going outdoors. Multi-agency task-forces continue recovery efforts as well. All of GovGuam remain closed for the day with only essential emergency personnel returning to work, in order to aid assessment and recovery efforts. The collaborative efforts will be focused on addressing mass care, sheltering, debris removal and solid waste.

In addition, another tropical disturbance has been noted by the NWS, located within the Marshall Islands and eastern Micronesia however it is not expected to be of any threat to the Mariana region at the moment. NWS has stated that they will continue to monitor the disturbance, in the event that its current track shifts toward this region.