13+ Inches and Counting

The storm continues unabated. I’ve been mopping my floor for hours, beating back the flow of water. All flights have been diverted and emergency shelters are open in the schools for refugees. Flash flooding and mudslides are reported all over the island. In fact, the Route 4 just below me is closed because of a mudslide in the construction zone.

Between midnight and 7:00 p.m. over 13 inches of rain were recorded at the Guam International Airport. That’s a lot of rain. And it seems like most of that rain is coming through my front door.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MONDAY.
AT 700 PM LST...DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR INDICATED A SLOW-MOVING AREA
OF TORRENTIAL RAIN OVER GUAM WITH RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 INCHES PER
HOUR. NEW HEAVY SHOWERS CONTINUE TO FORM TO THE NORTHWEST OF GUAM...
THEN TRACK TO THE SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE ISLAND.
PRELIMINARY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM MIDNIGHT THROUGH 7 PM INCLUDE...
GUAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT... 13.50 INCHES
MANGILAO AUTOMATED OBSERVATION... 10.37 INCHES
INARAJAN AUTOMATED OBSERVATION... 9.20 INCHES
MERIZO AUTOMATED OBSERVATION... 5.93 INCHES
APRA HARBOR AUTO OBSERVATION... 4.95 INCHES
IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD-PRONE AREA...AT THE BASE OF MOUNTAIN
VALLEYS...OR NEAR STREAMS AND RIVERS...GO TO HIGHER GROUND AT
ONCE. AVOID DRIVING IN THE WARNED AREA. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A
FLOODED ROAD.
SHELTERS ARE NOW OPEN AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS ON GUAM...
FB LEON GUERRERO MIDDLE SCHOOL
GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
INARAJAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
HS TRUMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL