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JIC Release No. 4 - All Public Schools, GovGuam to Close by 1 p.m. Friday

Hagåtña, Guam – Acting Governor Joshua F. Tenorio, in consultation with Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the National Weather Service and the Guam Department of Education, has ordered that non-emergency Government of Guam services end at 1 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019, in anticipation of Typhoon Wutip.

 
All Guam Department of Education (GDOE) students are scheduled to be released from school before 1 p.m. Preparations are now underway between the Department of Public Works and GDOE to ensure smooth school bus operations for all public school students. Government of Guam Directors and Agency Heads are directed to identify and allow the early release of all non-essential employees at 1 p.m.

 
Acting Governor Tenorio intends to place Guam under Condition of Readiness 2 (COR 2) no later than 4 p.m. Friday. 

 
“We want to give students, parents and GovGuam employees enough time to go home so they can avoid rush hour traffic at 4 p.m.,” said Acting Governor Tenorio. “This will give families enough time to make any last minute preparations. It will also give us time to prepare our emergency school shelters for those who may not feel safe in their current dwellings.”

 
The community is reminded that weather conditions may change. Should the track or intensity of the storm change overnight, plans may be altered. It is important to stay up to date with the latest information. 

 
“We will continue to closely monitor the storm and get guidance from our Homeland Security Advisor and the National Weather Service on how best to proceed to ensure the safety of all our people,” Acting Governor Tenorio said.

 
LOCATION OF STORM

As of 7 p.m., Typhoon Wutip was located at latitude 7.2 degrees north and longitude 148.8 degrees east, about 215 miles west of Chuuk and 510 miles south-southeast of Guam; moving west-northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds now at 85 mph.



On its current track, Wutip’s closest point of approach (CPA) to Guam is expected around midnight Saturday about 150 miles southwest of Guam. Although the CPA is expected around midnight Saturday, the onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more is expected around 3 a.m. Saturday and is expected to last through Sunday. The onset of destructive winds of 58 mph or more is not expected at this time. The worst conditions will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. Rainfall of 4-6 inches is expected during Wutip’s passage.


GDOE EARLY RELEASE TIMES

11:00 a.m.
Southern High School
Tiyan High School
John F. Kennedy High School
J.P. Torres Success Academy


11:30 a.m.
George Washington High School
Okkodo High School
Simon Sanchez High School


All elementary schools and Head Start will be released at 12:00 p.m.


All middle schools will be released at 12:45 p.m.

 
ASPIRE and after school sports programs scheduled for Friday afternoon are canceled. Sports programs scheduled for Saturday are also canceled.


GDOE parents are asked to begin picking up students at the specified release times. Busing services will be provided to transport students home.


DoDEA schools will remain open for normal hours of operation Friday.


Students from other non-aligned schools should rely on official notifications from their schools regarding release times. The Joint Information Center will continue to update as soon as verified information is received. 


Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
For more information, contact the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk at (671) 475-9600.

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