Warnings issued as Tropical Storm nears CNMI and Guam

Evacuation centres have been opened in both territories and residents have been urged to secure their properties and stock up on supplies.

Extensive flooding has been reported in Guam, after four inches of rain fell on the island today.

Goni is currently about 185 kilometres east, northeast of Guam and about 120 kilometres south, southeast of Saipan, which is still reeling from a direct hit by category three typhoon Soudelor two weeks ago.

Tropical storm intensifies as it approches Guam and CNMI

The latest storm comes only two weeks after the Northern Marianas was struck by category three typhoon Soudelor, which caused extensive damage.

Michael Ziobro, from the US National Weather Service on Guam, says the storm is moving north, northwest at about 14 kilometres an hour and is projected to pass over Tinian and Rota early on Sunday.

Mr Ziobro says people in both the Northern Marianas and Guam should expect potentially damaging winds and heavy rain.

Guam and CNMI on tropical storm watch

The weather service says at 2pm on Friday local time, Tropical Depression 16W was over 571 kilometres east-southeast of Saipan, about 579 kilometres east-southeast of Tinian and Rota, and about 611 kilometres east of Guam.

Tropical Depression 16W continues to move west-northwest at 12 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained winds are currently at 48 kilometres per hour.

A tropical storm watch means damaging winds of 62 kilometres per hour or stronger are possible within the next 48 hours.

Guam pinning ceremony held for first Chamorro Air Force general

Military and government officials attended the ceremony, including Capt. Andy Anderson, commanding officer of U.S. Naval Base Guam; Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz and other members of the Guam Legislature; Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, commanding officer of the 36th Wing; and former Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino, former adjutant general of the Guam National Guard.

GovernorEddie Calvo and Brigadier General Roderick Leon Guerrero, current adjutant general of the Guard, delivered remarks during the ceremony. Air National Guard Capt. Alvin Alvarez served as master of ceremonies.

Guam fails to secure addditional EPA help

The agency says that after a thorough review it has re-affirmed its original finding that the impact to individuals and households was not severe enough to warrant individual assistance.

Guam water plan in final stages

Won Pat and Senator Tom Ada, legislative chairman of the infrastructure committee, have been communicating with the water integration team that includes representatives from the Guam Waterworks Authority and the military.

As of July 22, the draft document is being reviewed by the Guam Waterworks Authority, Won Pat said. Stakeholders expect GWA and the Consolidated Commission on Utilities to provide feedback on the draft plan.

Guam swimmers strive for success at Pacific Games

The team won a combined total of 55 medals, according to the website

That represents more than half of Guam's total medal count of 81. Swimmers also swept the Outstanding Male and Female Athlete of the Games awards, which were given to Pilar Shimizu (eight gold) and Jagger Stephens (11 gold).

With that type of success, Guam head coach Don San Agustin will be pushing the team to do as well or even better at the Pacific Games.