As of 4 p.m., Wutip was located near latitude 6.9 degrees north and longitude 149.3 degrees east, about 185 miles west-southwest of Chuuk and 550 miles southeast of Guam; moving west-northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds now at 75 mph.
On its current track, Typhoon Wutip is forecast to make its closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam around midnight Saturday about 150 miles southwest of Guam. Although the CPA is expected around midnight Saturday, the onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more is expected around 3 a.m. Saturday and is expected to last through Sunday. The onset of destructive winds of 58 mph or more is not expected at this time. The worst conditions will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. Rainfall of 4-6 inches is expected during Wutip’s passage.
Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio and Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, deputy commander, Joint Region Marianas, continue to work together to align Conditions of Readiness (COR) for the island. Acting Governor Tenorio and Brig. Gen. Boswell anticipate placing Guam and the respective military bases in COR 2 sometime tomorrow, February 22, 2019 but will continue normal operations, respectively until such time.
Government of Guam, including Guam Department of Education schools will be open and will continue normal operations tomorrow unless COR 2 is announced. All military bases remain open for normal operations unless COR 2 is announced. All DoD employees are advised to contact their respective supervisors or chains of command for guidance, and stay tuned to Joint Region Marianas and base installation social media pages for further reports, guidance and information about facilities and services.
Those whose homes are not made to withstand damaging winds are advised to stay up to date with important information regarding emergency shelters, which will be released at a later time. Be prepared to take action once COR 2 is announced sometime tomorrow.
Any northward deviation of the current forecast track or forward speed would bring stronger winds to Guam and sooner. The community is advised to be prepared for any scenario.
Take Precautionary Actions Now
- Roll up carpets away from doors and windows
- Make lighting supplies easily accessible
- Unplug all appliances and ensure energy breakers are switched off once damaging winds approach (forecast to be by early Saturday morning)
- Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
- Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag
- If you live in an area prone to flooding, cover beds and furniture with plastic to prevent water damage
- Stay up to date in the event there are changes in weather conditions
- Do your laundry now
- Secure your work stations
- Secure your home – put shutters on windows, completely board up your home if windows cannot withstand damaging winds
- Ensure the gas valve is shut off once damaging winds approach (forecast to be by early Saturday morning)
- Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds such as canopies, tarps and trampolines, before inclement weather arrives
- Clear vegetation
- Take down any temporary signs, advertisements, and any other wooden or loosely placed items as these have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property
- Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear
- Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area now to minimize the chance of flooding.
- Once inclement weather arrives as early as Saturday, 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.
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
- 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/
- Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
For more information, contact the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600.