GUAM, MARIANAS PREPARE FOR STORM

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Tropical storm aimed just south of Guam

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Sept. 29, 2009) - As of 4 p.m. yesterday, Tropical Depression 18W was located about 690 miles east-southeast of Rota, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It was expected to slowly intensify over the next 24 hours and could become a tropical storm during the next 24 hours.

Because of the anticipated threat from this weather disturbance, Governor Benigno R. Fitial has maintained Tropical Storm Condition III for the island of Rota as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

Based the latest information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled by the CNMI Emergency Management Office, Tropical Depression 18W was moving to the west-southwest at around 7 miles per hour and was expected to make a gradual turn toward the west then west-northwest during the next 12 to 24 hours.

The public is urged to continue to monitor the official bulletins, which will be available through local media sources and NOAA Weather radio broadcast on 162.5 megahertz, the emergency information hotline at telephone number 322-0220 or CNMI 211.

In related news, the Joint Region Marianas in Guam established yesterday a Condition of Readiness 3 due to destructive winds of 50 knots or more that were expected within 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds were expected to begin affecting Guam the evening of Tuesday, September 29 and the closest approach of Tropical Depression 18W was predicted to be Wednesday, September 30 at 5 a.m.

Navy personnel are currently securing facilities and housing residents are instructed to start heavy weather preparedness efforts.

The U.S. Naval Hospital Guam is encouraging all expectant mothers beyond their 38th week of pregnancy to contact the hospital to make arrangements.

For up-to-date information, Navy personnel and families are encouraged to call 339-INFO. (EMO)

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