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Super Typhoon Yutu is heading to Southeast Asia, after devastating part of Northern Mariana Islands commonwealth. “Many homes have been destroyed,” said the mayor of Tinian, an island in the US Pacific.
Yutu picked up lasting winds of at least 165-175 mph as it passed directly across the islands of Tinian and Saipan on Wednesday. As it lies west, it still packed winds at 165 mph – an intensity that is expected to last during Friday, according to Marianas disaster managers.
“We just went through one of the worst storms I’ve seen,” said Gerald J. Deleon Guerrero, a special assistant with the Norwegian Marines Emergency Management Agency, in a bulletin on the storm.
Yutu is now heading north-west to the north of the Philippines. Weather officials in Taiwan also monitor the storm.
Remote parts of the Philippines could see their first tropical cyclone warning “as early as Monday morning”, says the country’s weather agency.
By then, the name of the storm is likely to have changed. Yutu was originally named by Japan’s meteorological agency – but the Philippines has its own name system, and when Yutu enters the country’s responsibility in the Pacific, it will rename Rosita.
Philippine atmospheric, geophysical and astronomical services Administration
At Tinian, Mayor Joey San Nicolas said in a video published on Facebook that the island was “destroyed”.
“Our critical infrastructure has been compromised, we currently have no power and water”.
the island’s ports and other points are unavailable, San Nicolas said, adding that emergency workers work to help people who need to leave their homes and move into shelter.
“We’ve been hit hard,” said San Nicolas. When he spoke, one could hear water in his office.
The rebuilding process will be long and tough, says Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Commonwealth’s delegate to Congress.
“There is a lot of damage and destruction,” said Sablan in an interview with The Associated Press from Saipan. “It’s like a little war just gone through.”
The powerful storm tore up ceilings and downward trees and power lines in Marianas. The description of the emergency said Guerrero: “Our focus is on using resources to clear our roads so that the first respondents can start helping residents who have lost their homes and for those who need transport to seek medical attention or transport to the nearest shelter” .  In a satellite image from Thursday, Yutu can be seen moving west from the Mariana Islands, against the Philippines and Taiwan.
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