6 Oct 2009

Super Typhoon spares CNMI

2:09 pm on 6 October 2009

A super typhoon which swept past the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has caused minor damage.

Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says the typhoon was headed straight for Saipan but only brushed past as it swerved from its course.

He says about 550 residents in the low lying areas evacuated the area as they were expecting the worst.

"There was a situation over in Kagman, that's west of Saipan; a tree fell down and that aggravated a power source there. So ninety homes didn't have power Saturday and Sunday. But yesterday the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation was able to put them back on line, which was a day early from their earlier assessment."

Mark Rabago says most shops were closed over the weekend but businesses resumed as of Sunday.