Guam Spared the Worst of Third Typhoon in 10 Weeks
AGANA, Guam (AP) _ Residents left shelters and went home today after the third typhoon to threaten Guam in 10 weeks skirted the U.S. territory and did little damage.
Typhoon Elsie passed south of the island this morning (Monday evening EST), with sustained winds of 90 mph and 115 mph gusts. Guam received gusts estimated at up to 100 mph, along with heavy rain, high wind, rough surf and flooding.
The storm knocked out power in places, but damage appeared light.
″It was just like a windy day,″ said Dana Williams, a Pacific Daily News editor.
Gov. Joseph Ada postponed today’s local elections until Saturday. Guam residents do not vote for president.
Thirteen emergency shelters accommodated more than 2,700 of the island’s 132,000 people. Military ships rode out the storm at sea. Planes at Andersen Air Force Base were parked in hangars or flown to Japan. Schools closed.
Typhoon Omar battered the island on Aug. 28. Typhoon Brian caused light damage Oct. 21.
Typhoons are what hurricanes are called west of the international date line.