8-inches of rain for parts of Guam, more to come

FLOODING: Wet weather is expected to continue through the first half of the week according United States National Weather Service Guam. The weekend brought between 5 and 8-inches of rain for much of Guam. A flash flood advisory was issued Monday morning as soil became saturated posing a threat of flooding as heavy rainfall continued. Haruo Simion/The Guam Daily Post

Heavy rain and accompanying winds will continue to douse the island – affecting roads and possibly power services.

On Sunday, Guamanians saw torrents of rain that caused flooding and reduced visibility for drivers.

Weather conditions caused some power outages Sunday, said Art Perez, Guam Power Authority spokesman. He encouraged customers to call GPA’s trouble line if they experience outages, brownouts or other power fluctuations.

Patrick Chan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tiyan, said more rain is expected through Wednesday as a monsoon system makes its way through the region.

“People can expect some heavy rain … and strong breezes,” Chan said.

Parents are encouraged to plan in extra time to get their children to school or to stores when shopping for school supplies.

Some Catholic and other private schools are beginning the new school year this week. The Guam Department of Education’s 2019-2020 school year will start Aug. 13.

“As the new school year begins, we ask parents to exercise caution on the road due to the string of weather advisories coming from our partners at the National Weather Service,” said Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense administrator.

Perez said crews were out Sunday working to restore power services after GPA received reports of down lines. Additionally, debris came into contact with lines.

“If people experience outages … or any sort of fluctuation, we encourage them to call us so we can pinpoint where issues are being experienced,” Perez said. He added that crews can then go out and ensure lines and the hardware that they’re connected to are intact or require fixing.

GPA’s trouble line is 475-1472/3/4.