Palau - It is 6pm in Palau and the National Emergency Management Office just signaled a fast wailing siren to alert the public that CONDITION 2 is in effect for the whole of the Republic.
CONDITION 2 is intended to provide notice that the typhoon will arrive within the next 24 hours. Travel by boat to any destination is now strictly prohibited. Condition 2 is also an alert that the public should go to the designated shelters in each State.
At the time of the warning announcement Typhoon Bopha was located approximately 480 miles east-southeast of Palau and was said to be moving at 12 miles per hour. The public was strongly advised to take this typhoon”very seriously.”
Condition 1 will be announced tomorrow with a mandatory island wide curfew at 6pm on Sunday, December 2, 2012.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, at this time, the Typhoon is predicted to reach a maximum waive height of 40 feet with sustained winds of 150mph and gusts of up to 173 mph. The Typhoon’s closest point of approach will be 13 miles from Koror and 4 miles from Anguar on Monday, December 2, 2012 at approximately 3 a.m.
US Embassy Issues Emergency Warning To US Citizens in Palau
Emergency Message: Warning of Tropical Storm Bopha
U.S. Embassy Koror
November 29, 2012
The U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau, alerts U.S. citizens in Palau that there is a possibility of severe weather resulting from Tropical Storm Bopha. As of November 28, the storm is traveling in a west, west-northwesterly direction, and if it continues in the same direction, it could impact the islands of Palau as early as Saturday, December 1. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) forecasts that Tropical Storm Bopha will increase in speed and intensity in the coming days, reaching typhoon strength by November 29, 2012,
For information on typhoon warnings, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu and the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Tokyo – Typhoon Center.
U.S. citizens are urged to identify shelter in case of severe conditions, monitor local radio and media reports to be aware of weather developments, and to follow all official instructions. Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department of State’s “Hurricane Season – Know Before You Go” webpage. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Embassy at (680) 587-2920 or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website. The Embassy is located in Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens in Palau enroll in the Department of State STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll for STEP directly at the Embassy.
Regularly monitor the Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Palau. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad.”
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