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Tropical depression continues toward Marianas

(Joint Information Center) — Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo and Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas, anticipated placing Guam and the respective military bases in Condition of Readiness or COR 3 at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.

The National Weather Service-Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a tropical storm watch for Guam and Rota as Tropical Depression 34W moves toward the Marianas. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 48 hours.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the tropical depression was located 5.0 degrees north latitude and 155.1 degrees east longitude; about 280 miles southeast of Chuuk and 915 miles southeast of Guam, moving west-northwest at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

The tropical depression was expected to continue in this direction with a gradual increase in forward speed possibly becoming a tropical storm Tuesday night. On its current track, the closest point if approach to Guam is around 200 miles southwest on Thursday afternoon as a typhoon.

The onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible on Thursday. The maximum sustained wind prediction for Guam is 35-40 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches is possible during its passage but this could be higher or lower depending on the storm’s track.

Currently, possible impact for Guam is some downed limbs and vegetation, power lines can be affected, very light materials/signs can be blown around, tarps and canopies need to be well-secured, and moderate to strong rip currents are expected.

Mother Nature can be unpredictable so take some time to clear your yard and take other steps to prepare just in case the storm takes a northward turn. Those planning outdoor activities for Thanksgiving are advised to have plans in place to move indoors. Mariners should be prepared to secure craft if hazardous seas build.

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