Tropical Storm Moves Closer to Guam With AM-Hurricane Andrew, Bjt
AGANA, Guam (AP) _ Tropical Storm Omar bore down on this U.S. territory Thursday with wind gusting to 80 mph. The storm was expected to sweep past the island Friday morning at slightly less than typhoon strength.
Civil Defense Agency officials on Wednesday night ordered schools closed Thursday before learning the storm was not expected until Friday.
The U.S. military began moving aircraft and ships to safety Wednesday, said Navy Lt. Dave Wray. Aircraft were put in hangars or flown to other bases and ships were tied down in harbor or sent to ride the storm out at sea, he said.
As of Thursday morning, the storm was 285 miles east-southeast of Guam, moving to the north-northwest at 6 mph, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Martinez of the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Omar had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and gusts to 80 mph. Martinez said the storm’s center was expected to pass 20 miles south of Guam on Friday morning with sustained winds of 70 mph and gusts to 85 mph.
Should maximum sustained winds reach 75 mph, the tropical storm would be upgraded to a typhoon. Hurricanes are called typhoons when they are west of the international date line.