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State of emergency declared; typhoon warning now in effect for Guam, Rota

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has declared a state of emergency for Guam

signed in anticipation of Tropical Storm Mawar hitting the island as it strengthens to typhoon level overnight.

Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 2 at this time. The government of Guam, with the exception of essential services, will remain closed until COR 4 is announced.

All region installations remain in TCCOR 2 and a typhoon warning is now in effect for Guam and Rota.

According to the weather forecast, Mawar is expected to bring damaging tropical storm winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Tuesday: Windy. Cloudy with widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms. East winds 25 to 35 mph. Highs around 85. Chance of showers near 100 percent. 

Tuesday night: Damaging tropical storm force winds. Northeast winds 35 to 45 mph, increasing to 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 80 mph late evening. Typhoon force winds are possible. Cloudy with widespread locally heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms. Lows around 79. Chance of showers near 100 percent. 

Wednesday: Destructive typhoon-force winds. Northeast winds 65 to 80 mph with gusts to 100 mph, becoming east and increasing to 80 to 100 mph with gusts to 120 mph in the afternoon. Cloudy with widespread locally heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 85. Chance of showers near 100 percent.

Wednesday night: Destructive typhoon force winds. Southeast winds 60 to 80 mph becoming south and decreasing to 40 to 60 mph near midnight. Cloudy with widespread locally heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 79. Chance of showers near 100 percent. 

The Joint Information Center announced that all DoDEA schools and child and youth programs are canceled for Tuesday. All Navy Base Guam gates will be closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. All Andersen gates will be closed at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

DPHSS Update

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Northern Region Community Health Center (NRCHC) in Dededo and Southern Region Community Health Center (SRCHC) in Inalahan will remain open throughout Typhoon Mawar. For more information, please call the following:

  • Northern Region CHC: (671) 635-7400/4410

  • Southern Region CHC: (671) 828-7515/6/7

GRMC Update

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) will suspend visitation hours by tonight—Monday, May 22— at 7:00 pm. All GRMC clinics will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 23, until the island is placed on Condition of Readiness (COR) 4. Outpatient appointments and elective surgeries scheduled this week will be contacted for rescheduling accordingly.

All admitted patients are permitted one (1) watcher per patient. Watchers must be checked in with Customer Relations in the Main lobby no later than Tuesday, May 23, at 10:00 am. Switching out will not be permitted after this time. Please note; watchers are encouraged to bring food (that does not require refrigeration) for the duration of the storm. Meals will only be provided to the patients.

Expectant mothers are also reminded to proceed to Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH). GRMC no longer has Maternal Child Health services or neonatal doctors on site. For your welfare and the health of your child, please seek medical attention at GMH.

GRTA Update

In anticipation of the announcement of COR 1, the Guam Regional Transit Authority will be closed tomorrow until COR 4 is announced.

Trash Services Suspended

Today, the Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) announced that all GSWA facilities will be closed, and all residential trash collection services will be temporarily suspended beginning Tuesday. GSWA facilities, including Customer Service, Residential Transfer Stations, Commercial Transfer Station, and Layon Landfill, will be closed Tuesday until the Governor declares Guam to be back in Condition of Readiness 4.

GSWA urges all customers to secure their trash and recycle carts properly to prevent any potential hazards or loss. Once Guam is placed back in COR 4 and it is deemed safe to do so, GSWA facilities will reopen, and trash collection services will resume.

Utilities Update

The Guam Power Authority and Guam Waterworks Authority Customer Services Centers and Business Offices are closed due to the approach of Tropical Storm Mawar and Guam being placed into Condition of Readiness (COR) 2. All GPA & GWA employees and are asked to report to work, especially to secure their work area.

GPA Customers can make payments online with a debit or credit card by visiting, or download the Pay GPWA app or pay by phone through the toll-free auto phone payment at 1 (855) 977-2002.

GWA Customers can make payments with a debit card or credit card over the phone by calling GWA at (671) 647-7800 or online by visiting

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