by Vanessa Judicpa
Hagåtña – With federal and local officials continuing preliminary joint damage assessments throughout the island today, Governor Eddie Calvo received a briefing this morning by agency heads on progress the Government of Guam (GovGuam) has made following Typhoon Mangkhut.
Guam's delegate to the United States Congress has written to President Donald Trump, asking for assistance with the fallout of Typhoon Mangkhut.
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JTWC Summary: TYPHOON 26W (MANGKHUT), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 59 NM NORTHEAST OF ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 17 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 100600Z IS 29 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 101500Z, 102100Z, 110300Z AND 110900Z.
JTWC Summary: TYPHOON 26W (MANGKHUT), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 252 NM EAST- NORTHEAST OF ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM, HAS TRACKED WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD AT 18 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 091800Z IS 26 FEET.
NEXT WARNINGS AT 100300Z, 100900Z, 101500Z AND 102100Z.
Tropical Cyclone MANGKHUT, formed over the North West Pacific Island on 7 September, is moving north-west toward Guam Island.
On 9 September at 00.00 UTC its centre was located at 930 km east of Northern Mariana Island and at 1090 km northern-east of Guam, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 120 km/h (Category 1).
Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to strengthen further as is moves west toward Northern Mariana Island and Guam. Heavy rain, storm surge and strong winds may affect Guam and Northern Mariana Island on 10 September.
Tropical Cyclone TWENTY SIX, formed over the North West Pacific Ocean north of Kwajalein (Marshall Islands) on 7 September and started moving north-west toward Guam Island. On 7 September at 3.00 UTC its centre was located 900 km east of Enewetak (Marshall Islands) and 2 460 km east of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 40 km/h (tropical depression). Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to strengthen further as it moves west toward Guam strengthening further. Heavy rain, storm surge and strong winds may affect Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands over 11-12 September.
The National Weather Service (NWS) – Guam Weather Forecast Office, issued a flash flood warning for Guam until 2:30 p.m. A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
Heavy showers are present across Guam and up to three inches of rain have already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible and flash flooding is expected. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
by Ana Babauta
Pursuant to the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and other Government of Guam (GovGuam) support agencies have begun conducting an island-wide Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) following the passage of Tropical Storm Maria (10W), that affected Guam between July 4 – July 5, 2018.
- Tropical Cyclone JELAWAT continued moving north, over the North West Pacific Ocean. On 30 March at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 800 km west of Guam island and it had maximum sustained winds of 148 km/h.
- Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-northeast over open water away from land, passing north of The Mariana Islands on 1- 2 April and slightly strengthening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Guam and The Mariana Islands over 30 March- 3 April.
Release date: March 13, 2018
Release Number: RIX-NR-18-3
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were on Guam from February 26 through March 2, to install the FEMA National Radio System (FNARS) at the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and train key staff how to use the system.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host the Final Plan Brief and Signing Ceremony for the 2018 Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Plan. The brief and signing ceremony will be held, February 13, 2018 at the Cabinet Conference Room, Governor Bordallo Complex, in Hagatna, Guam at 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued an intermediate advisory for Tropical Depression 20W. As of 10 a.m., 20W was located about 25 miles east of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
Although damaging winds are not expected for the Marianas, gusty winds with peaks as high as 35 mph are expected for Saipan and Tinian. Rainfall will be locally heavy, mainly for Guam and Rota, where 2 to 3 inches may fall this afternoon and tonight.
The Guam Emergency Response Plan (GERP) has been superseded by what is now, the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). On Tuesday, December 13, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed Executive Order No. 2016-13, adopting and enacting the CEMP.
Guam’s geographic location makes it more vulnerable to the effects of both natural and man-made disasters. The CEMP outlines the objective of the plan to provide protection for the residents and visitors of Guam, using the National Incident Management System to best utilize the Government’s limited resources during disasters.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued the following:
An urban and small stream flood advisory is now in effect until 10 pm this evening. Heavy rain due to thunderstorms may cause urban and small stream flooding. One to three inches of rainfall are possible. This may cause flooding in low-lying areas and along roads with poor drainage.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a drought information statement to include the Mariana Islands and Chuuk State.
One of the strongest El Niño’s in history remains across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. This El Niño pattern will likely persist through the first few months of 2016, and then weaken to neutral by the summer months and possibly trend toward La Niña conditions late in the year. Increasingly dry conditions usually develop across Micronesia after the mature phase of a strong El Niño.
Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on June 5, 2015, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony G. Lukeala, are making progress as over an estimated $2 million in federal funds will be awarded from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Typhoon Dolphin on May 13-16, 2015.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The AHAWS siren at OHS/OCD will sound off for a brief time during this ceremony between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Residents surrounding Agana Heights can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging and loud wailing sounds and sirens.
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Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on September 11, 2014, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony Lukeala, are making progress as six (6) Government of Guam agencies are allotted money from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Halong on July 28-31, 2014.
No watches or warnings for Guam at this time
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm (TS) Champi and the effects it has on the Marianas.
There are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan, meaning tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected through late this evening.