- By Bruce Lloyd
T.S. Maria tough on Guam politicians
Guam residents were mopping up at mid-morning Thursday, after a night of high winds, heavy rain and flash flooding. The biggest visible casualties of Tropical Storm Maria appeared to be the political signs that have been going up all over the island.
The National Weather Service has recommended all residents stay indoors for the morning and, as reported earlier, most Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. As of 7:30 a.m., Thursday, the National Weather Service reported that Tropical Storm Maria was located 13.9 degrees north and 144.7 degrees east. The center of the storm has passed north of the island but the tail of the storm continues to bring rain and sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph for the rest of the morning. The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam. Guam Community College classes will resume at 1 p.m. IF power is restored. University of Guam is closed today to include classes and all summer programs. Employees are asked to report in at 1 p.m. Power: The Guam Power Authority continues to restore power though there are isolated areas that other crews are working on as well. The following villages have had power services restored: Dededo, Harmon, most of Tumon and Tamuning, Barrigada, Macheche, Pagat, Hagåtña, Anigua, Piti, and Asan.