Public advised: Prepare for worst case scenario

Officials say typhoon could be life-threatening for any unprepared

Guam officials are advising Guam residents to prepare for a worst case scenario with Tropical Storm Mangkhut. Meteorologists say it will likely turn into a Category 4 typhoon by Tuesday but it could strengthen to a Category 5 typhoon.

At this point, damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected by Monday night. All Guamanians are urged to have preparations completed and to have families secured at their homes by Monday evening.

Category 5 Typhoon Possible

As of the latest National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office advisory at 11 a.m., the tropical storm was located 13.7 degrees north latitude and 162.3 degrees east longitude; about 1180 miles east of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The tropical depression will continue its westward track and is expected to intensify, possibly becoming a Category 5 typhoon by the time it reaches Guam late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Category 5 typhoon is referred to as a “Devastating Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 157-194 mph and peak gusts of 199-264 mph. A Category 5 typhoon has the ability to be life-threatening to those that do not prepare in advance. These projections may change as the intensity and conditions have the ability to