TYPHOON HEADING TOWARDS GUAM-

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 18) - Typhoon Nock-ten was intensifying today and is expected to make its closest point of approach to Guam tomorrow.

Guam public schools are closed today. Government of Guam agencies will shut down, possibly by this morning, officials said.

The typhoon is expected to make its closest point of approach between tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night -- about 25 miles south of Merizo, said meteorologist Chip Guard with the National Weather Service.

At closest point of approach, the typhoon is estimated to carry maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, Guard said.

The decision to close island public schools was made around 9:30 p.m. yesterday, Department of Education Superintendent Juan Flores said.

Other agencies in the government of Guam will close when the island is placed under Condition of Readiness 2, and that determination will be made by this morning, said Erica Perez, the governor’s spokeswoman and Joint Information Center coordinator.

Island residents are being asked to take down campaign signs, fill up gas tanks, put up shutters, and stock up on food and water in preparation for Nock-ten's closest point of approach.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, the Weather Service tracked the typhoon at 510 miles east-southeast of Guam. It was moving west-southwest at 6 mph and was packing 85 mph winds with gusts up to 105 mph.

A big storm near Hawai´i and Typhoon Tokage to the west, although both are far from Nock-ten, Guard said, "are having an effect on both the intensification and the movement of Nock-ten."

October 19

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