A massive typhoon slammed into a U.S. territory in the west Pacific, lashing the Northern Mariana Islands with gusts of Category 5 intensity Wednesday night local time. Super typhoon Yutu brought to bear maximum sustained winds of about 180 mph — much more powerful, in other words, than the historically powerful storm that hit Florida two weeks ago.
… The more than 50,000 people who live in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands faced a storm surge of up to 20 feet and rainfall of up to 10 inches in certain areas.
…”Devastating damage is expected. Collapse of some residential structures will put lives at risk. Airborne debris will cause extensive damage,” the service warned. “Persons … pets … and livestock struck by the wind-blown debris will be injured or killed.”