The Latest: Residents say they’ll bounce back after typhoon
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — The Latest on Super Typhoon Yutu that ravaged the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (all times local):
Residents in the Northern Mariana Islands say they will bounce back after Super Typhoon Yutu ravaged the U.S. territory in the Pacific.
Joy Reyes says in an email that even though her family lost everything in one night, people in the Northern Marianas are resilient. The resident of the most populated island, Saipan, says a culture of “selflessness and family values” always gets them through hard times.
The islands are accustomed to huge storms, but residents say Yutu was the worst they experienced.
Saipan resident Michelle Francis says in a Facebook message Friday that everyone will have to work together because it will take many months to recover.
Yutu’s ferocious winds hit early Thursday, destroying homes, toppling utility poles and killing one woman.
Residents in a Pacific U.S. territory ravaged by Super Typhoon Yutu are hopeful for help from the federal government.
They expect to be without electricity and running water for months as the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands begins to assess damage left by 180 mph (290 kph) winds.
A military plane was bringing food, water, tarps and other supplies, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman David Gervino said.
Officials toured villages in Saipan and saw cars crushed under a collapsed garage, the ground ripped clean of vegetation and people injured by spraying glass and other debris.
As of Friday, there was one storm-related death confirmed.
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the territory’s delegate to Congress, says congressional colleagues have offered aid. Sablan expects a presidential disaster declaration to free up resources for storm relief.