JIC Release No. 20 - Guam Remains in COR 1; Wutip Brings Heavy Rains, Flooding

JIC Release No. 20 - Guam Remains in COR 1; Wutip Brings Heavy Rains, Flooding

Hagåtña, Guam – Typhoon Wutip has intensified and continues to move slowly southwest of the Marianas. Guam remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1. The worst conditions are occurring now through Sunday morning. 

As of 7 p.m., Wutip was located 11.6N latitude and 143.0E longitude or about 175 miles southwest of Guam and 235 miles southwest of Rota. On its current track, Wutip is moving northwest at 10 mph and away from Guam. 

What to expect with the current track: 
  • Tropical storm force winds between 40 - 45 mph for Guam with gusts as high as 60 mph 
  • Closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam will be Sunday morning, about 175 miles southwest of Guam 
  • 6-8 inches of rainfall during Wutip’s passage 
“The duration of prolonged winds, heavy rainfall, and high tide could be troublesome for our residents living in low-lying areas. We are especially concerned for those in our southern villages, where five inches of rainfall has already been recorded. We are working with island mayors to ensure families living in vulnerable areas are transported immediately to the closest shelter. Again, it is important residents stay indoors, out of the water, and off the roadways until COR 4 is declared,” said Acting Governor Tenorio. 


DPW Continues to Address Flooded Areas: 
Department of Public Works (DPW) crews continue to clear debris in flooded areas and will continue to provide assistance until it is no longer safe to do so. DPW continues to work on 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. Turner Road in Nimitz Hill has been cleared. 


A flash flood warning has been extended for Guam. Take precautionary measures: 
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and two 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 Restoration Update: 
Guam Power Authority (GPA) crews continue with efforts to restore power to affected areas throughout the island. As of 10 p.m., line crews were in the following areas: 
  • Donna Lane in Dededo 
  • Maina 
  • Turner Road in Nimitz, Piti 


Power has been restored to the following areas: 
  • Tamuning toward East Agana 
  • Nando St. in Toto 
  • Umatac Village 


Water Restoration Update: 
The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) reports that the Ugum Water Treatment Plant is back online. However, GWA encourages southern residents to continue to conserve water. 
Additionally, GWA reports that the booster pump in Maina is also online, noting water will be restored soon. 


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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