A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 24 hours.
As of 1 p.m., the tropical depression was located 10.5 degrees north latitude and 156 degrees east longitude; about 350 miles northeast of Chuuk and 785 miles east southeast of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
The tropical depression is moving west-northwest at 18 mph. The current forecast track would bring the system near the Marianas by Monday afternoon and will likely become a tropical storm or typhoon.
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 now:
- 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.
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 need to review plans for protecting properties
- 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: www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
For more information, contact Acting Public Information Officer Jaimie Cruz at (671) 688-0438 or via email at email@example.com.