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Some island residents spend their day cleaning up storm debris

Posted: Jul 05, 2018 5:09 PM Updated:

The Tropical Storm Warning was cancelled for Guam around 2:30 this afternoon. Though we can expect more rain through the evening as Tropical Storm Maria tracks further away from our area, the cancellation definitely offers some relief for many who spent their post-Independence Day cleaning up the mess Maria left behind.

The morning after the storm, we caught up with some of Guam's residents cleaning up debris left in the passing of Tropical Storm Maria. "We covered the kitchen area but this morning the tarp tore up," said Nicky Paulino. "We got everything before it hit us, so it wasn't that bad."

The major impact from storm may be over for the island. But residents like Julie Pangelinan are now left picking up the pieces. The strong winds blowing her tin roof to her home completely off, as she said, "My grandchildren's room is the one that's really damaged, our storage with valuable stuffs is all wet, my husband's cropped are all damaged we have a major flood inside." She added, "Even our baby was terrified she was really crying she was scared of the tins"

Pangelinan's granddaughters were staying in the room, when they awoke to a soaking wet mattress and more than half of their clothes drenched in rain water. The family quickly moving the two girls to a safer place, no casualties or injuries were reported during this storm, Pangelinan thankful, but hoping to get help to fix her roof.

"You can never predict a storm; only Mother Nature up there knows what's going to happen," she said. "When we looked out I said now this is a typhoon, not a tropical depression."

Elsewhere, residents across the island felt the effects of the storm, with trees blocking roadways, the closure of Cross Island road, and water was reportedly seeping through the Department of Revenue and Tax. Not to mention, GovGuam agencies were closed most the day.

Pangelinan saying she really didn't expect the wind to be this damaging, adding, "We survived how many typhoons this is the first one that just blew our house. It really hurts to see our damages, but let's all be happy but let's see what we can do to bring back our life the way it used to be."

Guam DOE confirms summer school classes will resume Friday morning.

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