Adverse weather conditions are beginning to reach the Mariana Islands, as Typhoon Dolphin nears the archipelago in the northwestern Pacific. Residents are preparing for powerful winds, storm surge, storm tide, and flooding throughout the islands of Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, according the to latest National Weather Service local statement from the Forecast Office in Guam.
Under these conditions structures may become damaged, losing roofs or facing collapse. Loose items can become airborne, large branches of trees may snap, or trees maybe uprooted, and residents may face the loss of services, such as electricity and water. Along the coast dangerous surf and coastal inundation may occur and residents have been advised to complete final preparations to protect life and property, including quickly moving to safe shelter.
Typhoon Dolphin is expected to continue to strengthen over the next couple of days. Residents and mariners are urged to heed the advice of local officials and closely monitor official storm information as the situation continues to develop.
Pacific Disaster Center is providing decision support and situational awareness products via DisasterAWARE and will continue to monitor for the duration of the event. If you are an emergency manager and would like access to PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform through EMOPS, please apply for an account at emops.pdc.org.
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