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  • By Pacific Island News Staff

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm shelter update

Astumbo Elementary near Max Capacity (92 percent) and Machananao Elementary nearing Max Capacity (88 percent). Once shelters reach capacity, seek nearest alternative storm shelter.

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office monitors Typhoon Mangkhut as it continues to strengthen and move westward.

As of 10 p.m., Mangkhut was located 15.1 degrees north latitude and 150.9 degrees east longitude, about 345 miles east of Saipan and 425 miles east of Guam, with maximum sustained winds now at 85 mph. Residents who believe their home is not safe against heavy winds and rains or live in low-lying or flood-prone areas are encouraged to move to a designated storm shelter. Click here for list of designated storm shelters

Based on the latest forecast, Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to pass near or north of Rota late Monday afternoon as a Category 2 or low-end Category 3 intensity typhoon. Guam can expect the following wind speeds:

  • Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected as early as early as 1 p.m. Monday

  • Destructive winds of 58 mph or more are expected by early as 6 p.m. Monday

  • Closest Point of Approach is expected around 8 p.m. Monday

Damaging winds will last from early Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. Remember, these are projections and the storm still have the ability to slow down, speed up, move farther south or even strengthen. Continue to prepare.

Dangerous Waves and Seas Combined seas in excess of 30 feet are possible due to the expected high winds near the center. Stay out of the waters until COR 4 is announced.

Those seeking shelter and have no way of getting to a designated storm shelter are advised to contact or visit their village mayor’s office to coordinate transportation services for pick up and drop off.

For more information, please contact the Joint Information Center (JIC) at (671) 478-0208/09/10.


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