By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero anticipates placing Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 at 1 p.m., Tuesday. At COR1, destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours.
At the same time, Joint Region Marianas, Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz will also be in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1.
As of 7 p.m., Typhoon Mawar was located 9.8 degrees north latitude and 146.9 degrees east longitude, about 290 miles south-southeast of Guam, and 375 miles south-southeast of Saipan, moving north-northwest at 7 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
According to Joint Infomation Center, on its current track, the system is expected to bring tropical storm force winds to Guam as early as Tuesday afternoon, with the possibility of typhoon force winds of 81 to 110 mph by Wednesday morning.
Heavy rainfall is likely to develop tonight through the next few days. Rainfall amounts of 8 to 15 inches are possible with locally higher amounts. A slowing forward speed could lead to much higher rainfall totals.
U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam is on top of unit storm preparations. The USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) and USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) crews sortied and are safely out to sea away from the storm, while the third cutter crew on USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143) remains on their regular patrol away from the affected area.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor’s boats are hauled out, trailered, or secured with heavy weather tie-downs. Crew securely fastened all buoys in the buoy yard to concrete sinkers. All ports are ready; commercial traffic departed, and teams prepared container yards for high winds. Crews are staffing all necessary watch sections and are actively working with on-island partners to be ready to conduct post-storm assessments. Port Heavy Weather Condition Yankee is in effect suspending all commercial traffic. Port Heavy Weather Condition Zulu will be set by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Guam and CNMI at 6:30 p.m. Monday, suspending all maritime traffic and any cargo or bunkering operations. Search and rescue assets and crews are standing by, but as the storm approaches, responders may not be able to get on the scene until the storm passes.