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Outdated WhatsApp Message Circulating on Social Media; Continue to Monitor Reputable Sources for Information on Tropical Depression 01W

Outdated WhatsApp Message Circulating on Social Media; Continue to Monitor Reputable Sources for Information on Tropical Depression 01W

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) received reports of an outdated WhatsApp voice message circulating social media and chat groups. The outdated message is seemingly from a brief from Typhoon Mangkhut back in September 2018 and does not reflect the current status
 
Although the National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office do not have any watches or advisories out for Guam or the Marianas, it is important to stay up to date with reputable, verified sources in the event there are any changes or developments to Tropical Depression 01W.
 
As of 5 p.m., the system was located near latitude 5.9 degrees north and longitude 173.3 degrees east, about 165 miles east-southeast of Majuro and 2010 miles east-southeast of Guam, moving north-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Majuro and Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the CNMI at this time.
 
NWS advised there is still quite a bit of uncertainty as to the track, timing, and strength, but it will be watched as it moves west-northwestward.  
 
While there is no immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas at this time, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will continue to monitor the system closely with guidance from NWS and provide updates as needed.

GHS/OCD remind the community to continue to monitor and visit 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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