Heavy winds, rain cause some flooding, break heart in Merizo

BROKEN 'HEART OF MALESSO': Wind and rains took down the iconic heart across from San Dimas Church in Merizo on Wednesday. Steve Cruz and a group of family and friends built the wooden heart, which was placed along the coastline in Merizo for Valentine's Day about two years ago. He said it was originally supposed to stay up only for the season, but they were asked to keep it up. "It's become the heart of Malesso," he said. "We didn't know it would last this long. ... We're going to work on it and make it stronger this time," he said. The heart became a favorite stop for selfies and photos. Photo courtesy of Steve Cruz

Residents of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands may have to prepare for more rain this week as a monsoon pattern is developing across the region.

A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday and a watch remains in effect through this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Tiyan.

Meteorologists expect a minimum of 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next few days.

"The watch means conditions are favorable for rain developing that could bring flooding conditions," said meteorologist Mike Ziobro.

Rain deluged the island Wednesday morning, bringing down Merizo's iconic heart, and causing some flooding on Guam roads.

Ziobro said the rain today and in the coming days will be sporadic, raining more in some parts of the island than others.

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