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Typhoon Gay

August 4, 2015

By Paul Homewood 


As noted earlier, Typhoon Soudelor has been wreaking havoc over the Marianas:


No deaths have been attributed to Soudelor, but it left a trail of destruction across the Northern Marianas where acting governor Ralph Torres declared a "state of major disaster and significant emergency" after it struck late on Sunday.

Nearly 400 people were packed in emergency shelters after Soudelor ripped roofs off houses and left residents without power, water and wastewater services.

"I’ve seen multiple primary power poles down; I’ve seen cars flipped over the road; I’ve seen lots of torn roofs," John Hirsh, executive director of the American Red Cross in Saipan, told Pacific Daily News.

Damage was "extensive" across the island and there had been significant damage to public infrastructure, he said.

Many roads were impassable in Saipan – the Northern Marianas main island, the seat of government and hub of the local economy – while in the harbour at least three vessels were ripped from their moorings.

In Hagatna, on neighbouring Guam, the weather service warned boats to stay away from exposed reefs and beaches because of "hazardous surf" and "life threatening" rip currents.


Typhoon Gay, however, brought much more devastation to the region in 1992, and in fact was the third tropical cyclone to pass across Guam in three months.

This was what the JTWC had to say in their 1992 Annual Report:




  1. Joe Public permalink
    August 4, 2015 5:32 pm

    If there’s been a Typhoon Gay, have there also been Typhoons Bisexual, Lesbian, Transexual and, Heterosexual?

    If not, why not? 😉

    • Andy DC permalink
      August 5, 2015 6:58 pm

      Was Typhoon Gay out and proud?

  2. 1saveenergy permalink
    August 4, 2015 6:22 pm

    Typhoon ‘Misery’ would be a better name.

  3. August 4, 2015 7:10 pm

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog.

  4. Richard111 permalink
    August 5, 2015 6:37 am

    Three typhoons in three months over Guam! If this has happened before it might be in climate history somewhere. If so, would it tell us what is coming?

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