Supertyphoon Yutu slams Saipan

Saipan is the primary island in the Northern Marianas Islands, a US territory in the western Pacific. It is near Guam, and was clobbered by the strongest tropical storm of the year. While Michael launched 155mph winds at the Florida Panhandle, Saipan saw winds of 185mph. 

The Coast Guard is currently assessing the situation in the Northern Marianas, but they will undoubtedly need some time to recover from this disaster. If there is any good news, it is that the Northern Marianas are home to a large military presence, and much of the population is transient, so permanent abodes aren’t necessarily destroyed for as many people as it could be. Still, stay tuned to this news story, because the western Pacific islands are already isolated, and this storm will only make them moreso. Help is likely to be needed.