Rain to Continue through the Evening; NWS Advisories in Effect

Rain to Continue through the Evening; NWS Advisories in Effect

The Emergency Operations Center and the Joint Information Center remain activated in support of emergency response to torrential rain and impending floods.
 
The National Weather Service – Guam Weather Forecast office advises for Guam and Rota, it is expected to be cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with south winds at 15 to 20 mph through the evening. For Wednesday, it is expected to be cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then partly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon.
 
The following advisories remain in effect:
 
small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam and Rota coastal waters until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Winds of 19 to 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph and waves of 9 to 12 feet are expected, producing hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
high surf advisory and high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Surf between 9 and 12 feet will continue along west facing reefs of Guam and Rota and along south and west facing reefs of Tinian and Saipan. The high surf advisory means that surf will produce localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. There is also a high risk of rip currents. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and yell for help. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.
 
flash flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
 
flash flood warning has been extended until 9:00 p.m. for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or occurring.
 
Displaced Individuals
The EOC received reports of displaced individuals due to flooding. The EOC is working with the Mayors Council of Guam to provide accommodations for those that need to be relocated. Those affected or feel their homes are in a flood-prone area or may become displaced, can call the Mayors Council of Guam representative at (671) 478-0226. Individuals in immediate distress are advised to call 911.

Disrupted Roadways

GHS/OCD EOC received the following reports of disrupted roadways. Proceed with extreme caution or seek alternate routes when possible, until a complete assessment is done:
-          East Gayinero Street, Yigo – Reported flooding but passable
-          Barcinas area, Merizo – Reported flooding but passable
-          Rt. 1, by Polaris Point – Reported flooding but passable
-          Umatac Bridge – Reported heavy surge of water, the bridge is passable but proceed with caution
-          Rt. 1, Tumon area – Reported flooding but passable
-      Pulantat, Yona – Reported flooding but passable
-      San Antonio Avenue, Dededo – Reported flooding
 
Although areas were listed as passable, it is important to remember the flash flood warning and that a surge of water can happen in an instant. If possible, stay off flooded roadways as emergency responders and crews continue to make assessments and clear debris. If travel is necessary, practice caution especially nearing intersections, allowing enough braking distance between cars.  
 
For more information or to report any flood and mudslide related issues, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.
 
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