JIC Release No. 1 Tropical Disturbance Heads toward the Marianas; NWS Issues Special Weather Statement

JIC Release No. 1 Tropical Disturbance Heads toward the Marianas; NWS Issues Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
As of this morning, a tropical disturbance was centered near 12 degrees north latitude and 168 degrees east longitude, about 1570 miles east of Guam and 230 miles north of Kwajelin in the Northern Marshall Islands. It is expected to drift westward and slowly strengthen over the next few days as it approaches the Marianas early next week.
There is still uncertainty as to the exact track and strength of the system but impacts should begin to be felt by Monday, with the system moving through the MarianasMonday night or Tuesday.

Heavy showers, gusty winds and dangerous marine conditions are likely for at least parts of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands early next week.

Leaning Forward
Out of an abundance of caution, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) will deploy to Guam’s Emergency Operations Center to provide support as needed. The FEMA IMAT team is expected to be on Guam by Saturday, before any significant weather changes.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) have already begun coordination among the Office of the Governor, Government of Guam agencies, military, and federal partners to increase readiness posture in preparation of any circumstance.

Stay Up To Date
GHS/OCD, with guidance from NWS will continue to monitor the system and provide updates as needed. The community is advised to heed any advisories that come from the NWS in the coming days, as inclement weather reaches the Marianas.

Due to the amount of uncertainty of the system’s exact location and strength when it does reach the Marianas early next week, residents and visitors are advised to stay up to date with the latest information from local media and the following links:
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


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