JIC Release No. 5 - Mangkhut Upgraded to a Tropical Storm, Continues to Strengthen

JIC Release No. 5 - Mangkhut Upgraded to a Tropical Storm, Continues to Strengthen

Governor asks community to prepare

 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor what is now Tropical Storm Mangkhut.
 
The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and as of 7 a.m. was located 13.1 degrees north latitude and 163.2 degrees east latitude, about 1240 miles east of Guam.
 
It is expected to strengthen to typhoon force winds by its closest point of approach to Guam late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
 
“We can never be certain how strong or what direction a storm will take,” stated Governor Calvo. “Today is turning out to be a beautiful day, but let’s not be fooled. We’ve seen blue skies turn gray really quickly as a storm is about to hit. Let’s not take any chances with our safety and let’s use this opportunity to prepare our homes.”
 
Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros added that the best and most prudent course of action, is to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
 
“Remember that Super-typhoon Pongsona was supposed to be a banana storm but it intensified overnight into our biggest typhoon since Karen,” he stated.
 
Tropical Storm Mangkhut remains on its current path and is forecast to intensify to a Category 3 or Category 4 typhoon by the time it reaches Guam late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

·      Category 3 Typhoon is referred to as a “Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 111-129 mph and peak gusts of 140-164 mph.
·      Category 4 Typhoon is referred to as a “Very Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 and peak gusts of 165-198 mph.
 
These projections may change as the intensity and conditions have the ability to worsen.
 
Although there are no watches and warnings in effect for the Marianas, this is expected to change over the weekend and residents and visitors of the Marianas should continue to carefully monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Mangkhut.
 
Use the Time NOW to Prepare

To prepare for Category 3 or 4 Typhoon conditions, it is advised to take precautionary actions NOW. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
·      Discuss your emergency plan with household members. Include pets as part of your plan.
·      Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or dangerous seas may be issued.
·      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.
·      Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, before inclement weather arrives.
·      Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear.
·      Stay up to date in the event there are changes in Conditions of Readiness.
·      Board up windows with shutters. 
·      Store water - Fill up a 55-gallon drum or plastic containers with water.


Roadside Signs

·      All temporary signs, including those for political campaigns, advertisements and any other wooden or loosely placed signs should be taken down this weekend.
·      Loosely fitted items and signs have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property.
 
 
Stay Up to Date

Due to projected intensity of the system when it reaches the Marianas, residents and visitors are advised to stay up to date with the latest information from local media and the following links:

·           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/
·           Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
 
 
For more information, contact the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600 or (671) 482-7019.
 
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