The worst of Supertyphoon Hagibis, which was expected to pass through the Marianas sometime after midnight, should be over this morning, though government officials will likely need time to do assessments before the governor can return the island to Condition of Readiness 4.
Until COR 4 is called, government offices and agencies are closed, and classes are canceled for public schools. Private schools, Catholic schools and schools for the children of military families will remain closed today as well. The University of Guam and Guam Community College are also closed until COR 4 is announced.
Officials urge residents to remain at home until the island's condition of readiness returns to normal.
By Monday night, officials expected winds of 39 mph with stronger gusts for Guam. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, however, would bear the brunt of the supertyphoon. Many CNMI residents are still rebuilding after Supertyphoon Yutu struck in October 2018.
According to the military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Supertyphoon Hagibis was expected to pass:
• 192 miles from Guam;
• 154 miles from Rota;
• 70 miles from Saipan;
• 86 miles from Tinian; and
• 8 miles from Anatahan, which is believed to be uninhabited.
Supertyphoon Hagibis, true to its name, quickly developed from a weather system on Saturday into a tropical depression on Sunday, and by 5 p.m. Monday was a supertyphoon, with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and gusts up to 185 miles per hour. Hagibis means "rapidity," "velocity" or "speed" in Tagalog.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero placed Guam under COR 2 at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Following the governor's declaration of COR 2, the Judiciary of Guam shut down the courts until further notice.
Declaration of emergency
With the announcement of COR 2, the governor signed an executive order that allows $250,000 to be used by government agencies that are monitoring and responding to the storm.
The executive order authorizes overtime and emergency procurement for heavy equipment rental, debris removal, nursing and medical support services for the North and South Community Health Centers, Guam Department of Education typhoon shelter operations, lodging for displaced residents, and purchase of supplies, materials, goods and services or other expenditures.
The Joint Information Center noted that residents should stay alert for updates even through the morning.
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Guam, Rota and Agrihan islands. A flash flood watch for Guam will remain in effect through Tuesday afternoon. There is a potential for 3 to 5 inches of rain across Guam with heavier amounts in some areas.
With the COR 2 announcement, shelters at Machananao Elementary School, B.P. Carbullido Elementary School and Inarajan Middle School were opened at 7 p.m.
Guam Memorial Hospital opened at 8 p.m. for expectant mothers in the late stages of pregnancy or whose pregnancies were considered high risk. The Department of Public Health and Social Services Northern Regional Clinic and Southern Regional Clinic were opened at 9 p.m., according to the JIC.
Flights will be affected
United Airlines announced that flights to and from Guam and Saipan will likely be affected Tuesday. United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
The Office of the Attorney General is also reminding residents that price gouging is illegal and residents should watch for price inflation on goods "such as non-perishable food items, water, gasoline, batteries, propane, and lumber."
"Prices shall remain frozen for three days after Guam returns to COR 4," a release stated.