“I was just at some of the shelters and I’m glad to see so many people taking advantage of the safety provided,” Gov. Eddie B Calvo said. “I want to thank the Department of Education personnel, the men and women of the Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department and everyone who has a hand in making the shelters available and for being here for the community.”
Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio visited shelters and urged everyone who does not feel safe in their homes to make their way to the nearest shelter.
“The Government is closed down with the exception of emergency personnel, stores are shutting down and we should all be secured indoors before the onset of damaging winds,” Tenorio said. “Please stay off the roads and shelter in place.”
A Typhoon Warning remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan and adjacent coastal waters in the Mariana Islands. Guam is currently under a Condition of Readiness 1. Guamanians can expect:
• 1 p.m.: Onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more
• 4 p.m.: Onset of destructive winds of 58 mph or more
• 7 p.m.: Typhoon strength winds of 74 mph or more
Mangkhut’s closest point of approach is 7 p.m.
At 10 a.m., the center of Typhoon Mangkhut was located by radar near Latitude 14.5 degrees North and Longitude 147.3 degrees East. Typhoon Mangkhut is moving toward the west-southwest at 21 mph. It is expected to continue along this track with a slight decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours. It now has maximum sustained winds remain at 90 mph. It is forecast to intensify through tonight.
Typhoon force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 140 miles to the north and up to 100 miles to the south.