JIC Release No. 18 - Guam Remains in COR 1; Closest Point of Approach Sunday Morning

JIC Release No. 18 - Guam Remains in COR 1; Closest Point of Approach Sunday Morning

Hagåtña, Guam – Typhoon Wutip has slowed dramatically over the last few hours with its closest point of approach (CPA) now expected at 6 a.m. Sunday. Residents are advised to stay indoors while the island remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1.

As of 1 p.m., Wutip was located near 10.9N latitude and 143.5E latitude and about 195 miles south-southwest of Guam. The storm is moving northwest at a speed of 8 mph.

What to expect with the current track:
  • Low end tropical storm force winds of 35 – 45 mph with gusts as high as 55 mph are ongoing and are expected through Sunday morning
  • Closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam will be Sunday morning, about 185 miles southwest of Guam
  • 6-8 inches of rainfall during Wutip’s passage

Any eastward shift of the track could bring heavier winds and rains to Guam and Rota. Stay out of the water and away from exposed beaches and shorelines. Seas and surf remain dangerous and will build to over 20 feet through the rest of the day.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Guam. Residents and visitors are advised to take precautionary measures:
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. If the water is moving, do not leave the car.
  • Avoid camping, parking, or hiking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • Visit https://www.ready.gov/floods to learn more.

Power Outages Reported:

Guam Power Authority (GPA) is working to restore power as long as it is safe to do so. GPA and the Joint Information Center received notifications of power outages in the following areas:
  • Parts of Yona (Pulantat, Suilo)
  • Parts of Mangilao (Pagat, Latte Heights)
  • Yigo along Chalan Lilian and Francisca Robit locations
  • Parts of Maina
  • Route 17 Cross Island Road

Power has been restored in the Alageta/Adacao area of Latte Plantation; Pulantat toward Talofofo; and Talofofo toward Inarajan. GPA advises customers to report vegetation or fallen tree limbs on power lines and all fallen power lines. Downed power lines may be energized and are dangerous.

Customers can report hazards that need to be addressed or a power outage by calling GPA's 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch Desk at (671) 475-1472/3/4, or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority. When reporting, provide the exact location or address, contact information and condition of location. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to remove items off of power lines or equipment as such situations can be dangerous and life threatening. If there is an emergency, contact 911.

Guam Waterworks Authority:

Typhoon Wutip conditions are affecting Ugum water production. A Water Conservation Advisory is in effect for the following villages:
  • Ipan
  • Inarajan
  • Merizo
  • Umatac

Flooding Update:

Department of Public Works (DPW) crews continue to clear debris in areas prone to flooding and will continue to provide assistance until it is no longer safe to do so. Flooding has been reported in the following areas:
  • Barcinas area in Merizo
  • Fanili St. in Agat
  • Polaris Point northbound
  • Umatac Bridge area
  • Talofofo: Ignacio Quitugua St., Francisco Reyes Ave., and North Leonardo St.

Route 17 has been cleared and is now deemed passable.

Busing services will remain available for those seeking emergency shelter but please keep in mind that services may cease should conditions worsen.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.


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