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Tropical Depression Continues West; Take Time Now to Prepare

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor what is now Tropical Depression 02W.
 
As of 4 a.m., the tropical depression was located near latitude 4.7 degrees north and longitude 155.5 degrees east, about 240 miles southwest of Pohnpei, 315 miles southeast of Chuuk, and 950 miles southeast of Guam; moving west at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is expected to make a slight turn toward the west-northwest with a slight decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours, possibly becoming a tropical storm later today and possibly a typhoon as early as Thursday morning. On its current track, the system is expected to pass south of Guam by Saturday.
 
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Nukuoro in Pohnpei State and Lukunor, Losap and Chuuk in Chuuk State, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within the next 24 hours or are occurring.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Fananu, Puluwat and Ulul in Chuuk State and Satawal in Yap State, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 48 hours.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the CNMI at this time but the system continues toward the Marianas. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to stay up to date with the latest information on 02W and watch for any advisories, watches or warnings, hazardous seas, and important preparedness information in the coming days.
 
NWS Advisories; Avoid Hazardous Seas
 
high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan for the next week. Surf of 8 to 11 feet along east facing reefs is expected for the next several days before increasing 1 to 2 feet along east facing shores by Thursday. Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. Avoid swimming in these conditions. If caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain calm and stay afloat while waiting 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. Rip currents will be life threatening.
 
small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters through next Tuesday. Northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots along with seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Winds and seas are expected to increase by the weekend as the tropical disturbance passes near the area. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
Use Time Now to Prepare
 
Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam the disturbance will pass and the strength, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions through the week while the weather is still clear:
·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 such as canopies and trampolines 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.
·Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action:
o   Clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding
o   Residents living near rivers and streams need to review plans for protecting properties
o   Once heavy rain occurs, avoid camping, parking, or hiking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
o    Visit https://www.ready.gov/floods to learn more. 
 
Monitor the following links for the latest information:
·           NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·           GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.



 

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