4 Jul 2002

Guam ready if Typhoon Chataan hits

4:09 pm on 4 July 2002


The Guam Office of Civil Defence is readying the island for the onset of Typhoon Chata'an, which is expected to pass just south of Guam tomorrow afternoon.

A forecaster at the National Weather Service says it would have to be a direct hit, or very close to one, for typhoon-force winds to affect the island.

He says the storm is expected to make its closest approach to Guam by mid-afternoon, about 40 miles south of Hagatna.

The approaching storm has forced the cancellation of several events including some July the Fourth celebrations.

The Office of Civil Defence says temporary shelters were being prepared.

Meanwhile Governor Carl Gutierrez has asked the Legislature to release

250-thousand US dollars for response and recovery coordination for any damage incurred during the storm.