Schools closed, GovGuam to close at noon

YUTU: Typhoon Yutu could bring tropical storm-force winds to Guam and typhoon-strength winds to the Northern Marianas as soon as this afternoon. Image courtesy of the National Weather Service Guam Forecast Office

Typhoon Yutu's track has shifted a little south and could bring tropical storm conditions to Guam as soon as late this afternoon through Thursday, the National Weather Service stated Tuesday night.

On Guam, winds could reach 40 to 50 mph Thursday morning, according to NWS meteorologist Mike Ziobro. The typhoon's possible closest point of approach to Guam is 112 miles to the north, he said.

Landfall of damaging winds of 39 mph or more is expected around 4 p.m. 

Landfall of destructive winds of 58 mph or more is expected at around 3 a.m. Thursday.

The closest point of approach for Guam is expected around 5 a.m. Thursday.  The storm has shifted and may continue to do so.

Here are some changes:

• Government of Guam offices will open at 8 a.m. today but will shut down at noon.

• Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez announced that public schools will be closed today for preparations to be made for the opening of emergency shelters. 

All Catholic schools are also closed today.   

•The University of Guam and Guam Community College are open for classes until COR2 is declared.

• The Army and Air Force Exchange Service Gas Express and Shoppette, located at the Guam National Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada, will be closed today.

• Military personnel and Department of Defense employees and students at DODEA schools are to report at normal hours to receive further guidance.

Yutu was moving west-northwest at 12 mph Tuesday evening and is expected to speed through today.

This track now brings Yutu south of Tinian by early Thursday morning, the NWS stated. The previous forecast predicted the typhoon would move north of Saipan.

A typhoon warning is now in effect for Rota and a tropical storm warning is now in effect for Guam.

Typhoon warnings remain in effect for Tinian and Saipan.

Typhoon conditions are expected Wednesday night through Thursday morning on Tinian and Saipan.

Tropical storm conditions are expected for Rota on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.

As of Tuesday evening, Yutu's maximum sustained winds increased to 85 mph.

Typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 200 miles from the center to the northeast and up to 155 miles elsewhere, the NWS stated.