Guam residents clean up after typhoon

2015-05-16 15:37
(Grace Garces Bordallo, AP)

(Grace Garces Bordallo, AP)

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Hagatna - Guam is cleaning up after a powerful Pacific typhoon hammered the US territory with high winds, rain and large waves.

Workers in Mongmong, Toto and Maite villages used a pickup to tow away downed coconut trees on Saturday.

A large monkeypod tree was uprooted and sitting on its side at a park in the capital of Hagatna.

One person was injured in the storm and taken to the hospital.

"There were no casualties. That means people really paid attention," said Veronica Verde, spokesperson for Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 9.

Verde said FEMA will do a joint assessment with the government of Guam on damage from the typhoon. The assessment will be compiled to determine if any federal funding will be needed.

About 40% of the island's 50 000 electric utility customers were still without power in the early afternoon, said Heidi Ballendorf, a spokesperson for Guam's power and water utilities. Service had yet to be restored to about 12% of water customers.

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