Guam in COR 3, Tropical Depression 29W expected to pass south of Guam early Wednesday

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has placed Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 11 a.m. today as Tropical Depression 29W could bring damaging winds of 39 to 57 mph within the next 48 hours.

The system is expected to pass south of Guam with the closest point of approach forecast around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, approximately 200 miles away from the territory.

Rainfall amounts of 4 to 5 inches is possible through Wednesday.

As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 29W was located near 9.4 degrees north latitude and 150.2 degrees east longitude; about 495 miles southeast of Saipan and 465 miles southeast of Guam. The system is moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

At this time, destructive winds of 58 mph or more and typhoon force winds of 75 mph or more are not expected for Guam, according to the Joint Information Center. The onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected this evening and to last through Wednesday morning. The maximum sustained wind predicted for Guam is 50 mph with higher gusts over southern Marianas.

Guam can expect downed limbs from trees, some damage to poorly constructed structures or poorly secured holiday decorations, some secondary lines down due to fallen limbs, poorly constructed signs damaged and very strong rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening and residents are cautioned to stay out of the water. 

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