Tropical Storm 26W

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Published Friday, September 7, 2018

National Weather Service Meteorologist Landon Aydlett said a potential typhoon tracking its way toward Guam could be the worst one since 2002.

A tropical depression east of the Marianas is expected to intensify to a strong typhoon with winds that could approach 155 mph and pass over the island on Tuesday.

Aydlett said the current track shows Guam could be on typhoon watch as early as Sunday morning or afternoon and on typhoon warning by Monday.

"This weekend is the time we need to prepare for a possibly category 3 or category 4 storm. This could be our worst hit since 2002," he said during a briefing.

Gov. Eddie Calvo, in a special message Friday, urged residents to take precautions like clearing the yard of any debris and taking down canopies and similar items before Monday.

"This system is still developing so there is still uncertainty as to its exact track and strength. What we can say is that we could get some wind and rain by Monday," Calvo said.

He also urged residents to stay informed for the latest updates for possible hazardous warnings that could proceed the tropical disturbance.

The current models forecast the system to imapct Guam by Tuesday evening or early Wednesday, becoming a possible Category 3 or Category 4 typhoon, a release from Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense states.

More information will provided by Sunday, the release states.
A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was expected to arrive on Guam Saturday in advance of the storm, and residents were advised to begin preparations.

The public is urged to heed all orders and warnings. Mariners should seek safe harbor and shelter.
Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged, the release states.
Smaller boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding and is protected for high winds. Regardless of location, all loose items aboard vessels should be secured or removed, the Coast Guard release states.

Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe. Near-shore waters may become contaminated due to runoff up to several days following a storm, the release states.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Enewetak, Marshall Islands, with a potential for damaging winds of 39 mph to 73 mph within the next 24 to 36 hours. There are no watches or warnings in effect for the Marianas, but this is expected to change through the weekend, the release stated.
Source: DORRIS

Tropical Storm 26W Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: Met
Response: Monitor
Severity: Unknown
Urgency: Expected
Certainty: Observed

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