- By Pacific island Times News Staff
Tropical Storm Yutu to pass near the Northern Marianas
The National Weather Service (NWS) said as of 1 p.m., tropical storm Yutu was located near 9.2 degrees north latitude, 155.6 degrees east longitude, about 790 miles east-southeast of Guam and 780 miles east-southeast of Saipan, moving west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
On its current track, Yutu will likely be approaching the Marianas Wednesday night, passing just north of Saipan Thursday morning as a Category 3 typhoon. Category 3 Typhoon is referred to as a “Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 111-129 mph and peak gusts of 140-164 mph.
The closest point of approach to Guam is possibly Thursday morning, more than 150 miles away. The onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more is not expected for Guam at this time. The maximum sustained wind prediction for Guam is 25 mph but could be as high as 30 mph with higher gusts. Worst conditions are expected Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Rainfall amounts of 2 -3 inches is possible for Guam during the storm’s passage but could be more if the storm moves south of the current predictions.
There are no watches or warnings in effect for the Marianas at this time but this can change in the coming days. Keep alert for updates such as changes in forecasted track, erratic movement, more rapid forward movement, or more rapid intensification.
Although damaging winds are not expected for Guam at this time, a shift in the storm’s track could bring the storm closer to Guam. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding dangerous seas may be issued.
Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list.
Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag.
Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, before inclement weather arrives.
Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action; clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
Stay up to date in the event there are changes in Conditions of Readiness.