JIC Release No. 1 - Guam to Move to COR 3 by 9 am; Tropical Storm Continues to Strengthen

JIC Release No. 1 - Guam to Move to COR 3 by 9 am; Tropical Storm Continues to Strengthen

Governor Eddie Calvo and Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas, anticipate placing Guam and the respective military bases in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 9 a.m. this morning. At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.

The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Yutu. As of 7 a.m., Yutu was located 11.1 degrees north latitude, 152.3 degrees east longitude, about 535 miles east-southeast of Guam and 520 miles east-southeast of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
 
Yutu is moving west-northwest and has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It is expected to maintain this general course over the next few days. On its current track, Yutu will likely pass near or just north of Saipan late Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
 
The closest point of approach to Guam is possibly Thursday morning. The maximum sustained wind prediction for Guam at this time is 25 mph but could be as high as 30 mph with higher gusts. It is important to note this could change with any shift southward in the storm’s track. Currently, possible impact for Guam is some downed limbs and vegetation, light damage to poorly constructed buildings, damage to signs along the roads, and strong rip currents.
 
typhoon watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning typhoon conditions are possible for Tinian and Saipan within the next 48 hours.
 
tropical storm watch remains in effect for Rota, meaning tropical storm conditions are possible for Rota within the next 48 hours.
 
tropical storm watch is now in effect for Guam and the far Northern Mariana Islands Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan. Tropical storm conditions are possible for Guam within the next 48 hours. Be ready to act quickly if the storm track changes southward to bring damaging impacts to Guam. Mariners should be prepared to secure craft if hazardous seas build.

To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
· Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding 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 and vegetation around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds such as canopies, tarps or trampolines, 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 now to minimize the chance of flooding.
· Once inclement weather arrives as early as Wednesday, 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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