By Barbara Brown
(Tumon, Guam) The Japan Meteorological Association has upgraded 29W to Tropical Storm Kammuri.
The Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense sent the following update on the storm prior to the upgrade to tropical storm status. As such, please note the term "Tropical Depression" simply is the language used by GHS/OCD at the time this information was sent:
As a precautionary measure, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has placed Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 11 a.m. today. At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.
On its current track, Tropical Depression 29W is expected to pass south of Guam. The closest point of approach to Guam is forecast around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning about 200 miles away from Guam. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 5 inches is possible through Wednesday.
As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 29W was located near 9.4 degrees north latitude and 150.2 degrees east longitude, about 495 miles southeast of Saipan and 465 miles southeast of Guam. 29W is moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
At this time, destructive winds of 58 mph or more and typhoon force winds of 75 mph or more are not expected for Guam. The onset of damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected this evening and to last through Wednesday morning. The maximum sustained wind predicted for Guam is 50 mph with higher gusts over southern Marianas.
Guam can expect downed limbs from trees, some damage to poorly constructed structures or poorly secured holiday decorations, some secondary lines down due to fallen limbs, poorly constructed signs damaged, and very strong rip currents. Rip currents are life threatening.
The community is advised to take precautionary measures now before inclement weather arrives this evening:
· Stay up to date with the latest information. There may be changes to the storm track or intensity or changes in Conditions of Readiness.
· 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, such as canopies, tarps or trampolines.
· 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 unblock clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
· Avoid camping, parking, or hiking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
· Avoid hazardous seas. Rip currents are life threatening.