Coast Guard Sector Guam assessing storm damage after Typhoon Mangkhut hits Mariana Islands

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor in a 29-foot Response Boat-Small. Coast Guard Photo Illustration by Auxiliarist David Lau

Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Auxiliarist David Lau.

SANTA RITA, Guam — Coast Guard personnel are underway assessing the waterways to assess storm damage and port conditions after Typhoon Mangkhut impacted Guam and the Mariana Islands, late Monday night.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Guam, Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor and the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Force from Alameda, California are actively making rounds on the islands of Guam and Saipan, Rota and Tinian to assess the various port conditions.

“Reopening the Port of Guam is our top priority,” said Capt. Christopher Chase, commander Coast Guard Sector Guam. “We are currently conducting an on-water assessment with a crew aboard our 29-foot Response Boat from Station Apra Harbor, and have multiple teams that are making shoreside and facility assessments. Once these assessments are completed and safe navigation is available to all traffic, we will reopen the ports.”

The Coast Guard reminds everyone that the waters surrounding the Mariana Islands remain very dangerous despite the passing of the storm. We encourage everyone to stay out of the water until conditions return to normal.

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