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South gets wet and windy

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 4:56 PM +10:00 Updated:

Southern residents were prepared for Typhoon Mangkhut - but they were still surprised at how strong the storm's passage was.

Pulantat, Yona resident Dan Cruz was clearing debris left behind by Mangkhut.

"Trees flying all over the place - just too much cleaning to do right now," Cruz said.

Cruz chopping this fallen lemmai tree into smaller pieces  - the start of what was sure to be a long day.

"Starting off early, so I could get the job done and move on to the ranch," Cruz said.

Further down the road, Evelyn Santos told KUAM News what her family heard as they huddled inside their home with a typhoon raging outside.

"Howling," Santos said. "It was hot and dark, but we could still see the wind blowing really hard."

Cruz agreed, even if the typhoon was weaker than what weathermen initially forecast, the storm still packed a punch.

"Pretty much strong this time around," he said. "Stronger than the last time."

Residents of Yona woke up early to begin the recovery phase, assessing damage left behind by Mangkhut. Downed trees were the norm in Pulantat. And in some cases - extreme flooding. Relatives of the woman who lived in this house said the lady went to Inarajan to weather the storm. Typhoon Mangkhut raining down more than 9 inches on Guam - and it seems like most of it fell here in Pulantat.

All through the south, trees big and small fell victim to typhoon-strength winds. Flooding affected Yona and Malesso, debris also backing up storm drains. Sewage bubbled up through this manhole in Malesso - and in Inarajan, flower bushes that had grown for decades now rested in pieces.

Santos telling us her family was a little anxious with Mangkhut's passing, but the kids made the most of it.

"They were just drawing and dancing, making use of the time," Santos said.

With the way the island prepared - grocery and hardware store shelves wiped out - residents were ready for the worst, even if they didn't know what to expect as Mangkhut wobbled its way into the Marianas.

"I think we were lucky it wasn't as bad as they said it was going to be," this Agat resident told us.

First things first for southern Guam - cleaning up the yards - but the next thing on the South's mind?

Even if down south usually gets their lights on way after downtown, the question of the day was still "When's the power coming back on?"

"Come on GPA! We know you guys are working hard," Santos said.

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