A tropical storm watch is now in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 30 hours.
The National Weather Service's Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor Tropical Storm Hagibis. As of 4 p.m., Hagibis was located 14.2 degrees north latitude and 154.1 degrees east longitude, about 490 miles east of Saipan and 545 miles east of Guam.
Tropical Storm Hagibis is moving west at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It is forecast to intensify through Monday, possibly becoming a typhoon late tonight or early Monday morning.
A typhoon warning is now in effect for Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, and Pagan Islands, meaning typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more, are expected within 24 hours, around Monday afternoon.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota and Agrihan Islands meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are expected within 24 hours, around Monday afternoon.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to prepare now:
· 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 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 whle the weather is clear.
· Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and unblock clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
· Once inclement weather arrives, 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.
Stay up to date with the latest advisory 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.