Schools, GovGuam closed

NO SCHOOL: Tropical Storm Kammuri brought damaging winds to Guam and parts of the Northern Mariana Islands, causing schools and the government to shut down. Even after it passes residents can expect heavy rainfall and dangerous seas. Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service, Guam office

There will be no classes for thousands of public, private and charter school students today.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero declared Guam to be in a Condition of Readiness 2 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, which triggered the closure of the government of Guam, and the opening of emergency shelters. Most private and charter schools publicly announced their closure.  

By Tuesday evening, what was Tropical Depression 29W had been named and upgraded to Tropical Storm Kammuri. Kammuri is Japanese for the northern constellation Corona Borealis, or northern crown.

Kammuri was expected to pass south of Guam early this morning. At its closest point of approach, Kammuri was expected to bring winds up to 50 mph with gusts up to 60 mph to the island. Winds will remain between 30 mph and 40 mph until this afternoon, NWS officials forecast.

Officials warn, however, that the storm had strong winds to its north and Guam can continue to expect strong winds and dangerous seas today.

The National Weather Service, Tiyan, Guam office had placed a tropical storm warning on Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan last night. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions including winds of 39 mph or greater were expected.

Kammuri was also projected to bring up to 5 inches of rainfall through today, triggering a flash flood watch. 

Closures

Department of Defense Education Activity schools will not have classes today. Classes resume Dec. 2, according to the Joint Information Center. The Archdiocese of Agaña announced its schools also will remain closed, in step with Guam’s public schools. Additionally, iLearn Academy Charter School and SIFA Learning Academy Charter School will be closed today.

Guam Community College and the University of Guam announced their closure as well until COR 2 is lifted, college officials stated. 

The Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic on Ypao Road, Tumon, announced it will be closed during COR 2.

Guam Regional Transportation Authority is tentatively scheduled to resume operations at 11 a.m. today.

Guam Solid Waste Authority will resume trash collection service after COR 4 is declared. Trash pick up originally scheduled for Wednesday will be picked up one day later on Thursday, while pick up originally scheduled for Thursday will be picked up one day later on Friday.

Public schools makeup day

Officials announced that public schools' classes are expected to resume on Friday, as a makeup day, for eight schools:

• Agana Heights Elementary

• Agueda Johnston Middle

• Inarajan Elementary

• Inarajan Middle

• Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary

• Adacao Elementary - early dismissal at 11:50 a.m.

• Simon Sanchez High – early dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

• F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle – early dismissal at 2:15 p.m.

Conditions 

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Kammuri was

located near latitude 11.2 north and longitude 146.5 east. This was about 195 miles southeast of Guam. Kammuri was moving to the west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The storm was expected to move west-northwest through the night, passing by early this morning. Meteorologists expect Kammuri to gradually strengthen.

Officials at the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense urged residents to stay indoors and off the roads until Condition of Readiness 4 is called.

The broad area of strong to near-gale force winds and west-northwest motion of Tropical Storm Kammuri will produce dangerous surf heights of 15 to 25 feet that are expected to last for much of today, NWS officials stated. Surf will gradually subside late Wednesday but remain hazardous through the weekend.

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