A friend of mine, along with her husband and two young children, went seven weeks without electricty after super typhoon Soudelor. Seven weeks without hot water, seven weeks of lanterns and candles to light the night. Seven weeks in the tropics without air conditioning. After seven long weeks, power to her house was finally restored. Three nights later, it went out again.
Saipan was still recovering from Soudelor when Champi hit on October 16. While technically a tropical storm, Champi puffed its chest like a typhoon. It brought strong winds and heavy rains. It downed trees, tore off tin roofs, flattened tents that had been sheltering so many after Soudelor destroyed their homes. Champi poured water relentlessly, carving coral roads and reshaping beaches.
My mother's house was flooded. Water poured in from under the doors and through the window seams. Trees dropped right next to her car. Half the roof of her carport was ripped off. The bottom half of an exterior door was torn off after being pounded by debris and wind for hours on end.
The plywood boards used as typhoon shutters were once again ripped from my sister's windows. Wind and rain and destruction blew throughout their home.
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