The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor Tropical Storm Wutip as it moves westward.
As of 5 p.m., Wutip was located near latitude 4.9 degrees north and longitude 153.8 degrees east, about 330 miles west-southwest of Pohnpei, 220 miles southeast of Chuuk, and 855 miles southeast of Guam; moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds now at 55 mph. It is still expected to make a slight turn toward the west-northwest with little change in forward speed over the next 24 hours, possibly becoming 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, Fananu, Ulul, 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 typhoon watch is in effect for Satawal and Faraulep in Yap State, meaning typhoon force winds are possible within 48 hours.
A typhoon warning is in effect for Puluwat in Chuuk State, meaning typhoon force winds are expected within 24 hours or are occurring.
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the CNMI at this time but this is anticipated to change as early as Thursday morning. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to stay up to date with the latest information and any changes to the Conditions of Readiness (COR) tomorrow morning.
“We continue to closely monitor the track of the storm and we encourage all residents to do the same. This is the best time to prepare and start assessing your disaster readiness plans. Though our island has been spared many times before, we cannot become complacent,” said Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio.
Use Time Now to Prepare
Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam Wutip will pass, take basic precautionary actions now through Friday before inclement weather arrives:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 rain occurs, 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.
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 email@example.com.