JIC Release No. 4 - System Upgraded to a Tropical Storm; Remain Indoors if Possible

JIC Release No. 4 - System Upgraded to a Tropical Storm; Remain Indoors if Possible

The National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor what is now a tropical storm.
A tropical a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 24 hours.
Although Guam remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at this time, the community is advised to take precautions by remaining indoors unless travel is necessary. Out of an abundance of caution, avoid outdoor activities, especially near the ocean until hazardous conditions subside.
As of 7 a.m., the tropical storm was located 11.6 degrees north latitude and 145.7 degrees east longitude, about 145 miles south-southeast of Guam and 180 miles south of Rota, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
The tropical storm’s closest point of approach to Guam is forecast around 1 p.m. today. Winds of 40 to 42 mph are possible between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with 2-4 inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts in heavy showers. Winds have already begun to pick up across southern Guam and will continue until later this afternoon.
Those Needing Emergency Shelter for the Day
Those residents whose homes are not made to withstand 40 mph winds are advised to seek emergency shelter at the Astumbo Gym Tier II shelter in Dededo, for the duration of the storm. For more information about the shelter, contact the Offices of Guam Homeland Security at (671) 478-0208 or (671) 475-9600.
Stay out of the water
high surf advisory and high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Monday. For Guam and Rota, hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet along west and north facing reefs tonight will build to between 9 to 12 feet along north, east and west facing reefs today. The risk of rip currents is high. Avoid venturing near reefs and beaches, especially those facing west. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Strong rip currents will be life threatening.
small craft advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota coastal waters until 6 a.m. Monday, producing winds and waves hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.  
Prepare for any scenario
In the event the current forecast track shifts northward, bringing southern Guam in the vicinity of damaging winds, take basic precautionary actions especially for those living in flood prone areas:
·Remain indoors and off the roadways unless travel is necessary
·If travel is necessary, practice extreme caution on the roads by allowing ample braking distance between vehicles
·Ensure family members know where the emergency preparedness kits are at. Visithttps://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list
·Roll up carpets away from doors and windows
·Unplug appliances and ensure energy breakers are switched off if damaging winds are expected
·Stay up to date in the event there are changes in Conditions of Readiness
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 to minimize the chance of flooding
·Residents living near rivers and streams should be prepared to take action if flooding occurs
·Once heavy rains occur, 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. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
·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/
·         Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
·         Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208 or the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600 or (671) 482-7019.


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