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  • Pacific Island Times Staff

Guam shelters open 11 p.m. Monday in response to Trop depression 27 W

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guam and Rota. And in anticipation of possible 45 mph winds, a partial opening of emergency shelters will take place at 11 p.m. Monday night. The shelters opening are: the Yigo Gym, the Agana Heights Gym and the Talofofo Gym.

If you're going to a shelter, take food and water for your entire family, bedding, personal hygiene items, medications, supplies for infants, including diapers and formula, a valid photo id and important family documents such as birth certificates, passports and medical immunization forms.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, 27W was located about 340 miles south-southeast of Guam and 415 miles south-southeast of Saipan, maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, moving west at 8 mph.

Some gradual intensification of 27W is expected tomorrow and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service Guam Forecast Office, through the Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense.

With the current track, 27W may have wind speeds of 45 mph by the time it passes Guam, possibly Tuesday.

There is still much uncertainty on how close the system will pass by Guam or locations in Chuuk state so the system is being monitored closely for any changes in motion or intensity, according to the Weather Service.

Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam 27W will pass, the public is advised to take basic precautionary actions now.

Residents and visitors are advised to:

• Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household, including making sure you have working flashlights, stored drinking water and nonperishable food items.

• Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.

• Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.

• Stay up-to-date in the event there are changes with 27W or updates to changes in conditions.

High surf will be dangerous.

Stay away from exposed beach waters. Small boats and their operators are advised to stay out of the water.


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