- By Pacific island Times News Staff
Tropical Depression upgraded to Tropical Storm Wutip
The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor what has now intensified to Tropical Storm Wutip.
As of 7 a.m., the tropical storm was located near latitude 4.6 degrees north and longitude 155.2 degrees east, about 260 miles southwest of Pohnpei, 300 miles southeast of Chuuk, and 940 miles southeast of Guam; moving west at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
It is expected to make a slight turn toward the west-northwest with a slight decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours, possibly becoming a typhoon as early as Thursday morning. On its current track, the system is expected to pass south of Guam by Saturday.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Nukuoro in Pohnpei State and Lukunor, Losap and Chuuk in Chuuk State, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within the next 24 hours or are occurring.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Fananu and Ulul in Chuuk State, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 48 hours. A typhoon watch is now in effect for Puluwat in Chuuk State and Satawal in Yap State.
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the CNMI at this time but the system continues toward the Marianas.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to stay up to date with the latest information on Wutip and watch for any advisories, watches or warnings, hazardous seas, and important preparedness information.
Use Time Now to Prepare Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam Wutip will pass and the strength, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions now before inclement weather arrives: ·
Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or 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 such as canopies and trampolines 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
0 Residents living near rivers and streams need to review plans for protecting properties o Once heavy rain occurs, avoid camping, parking, or hiking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Visit https://www.ready.gov/floods to learn more. Monitor the following links for the latest information: · NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/ · NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/ · GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/ · GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/ For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at email@example.com