- Written by Terry Arthur
"I was able to make two phone calls to Palau this morning - power is out across the entire country. But for those with a generator or a rotary phone - the phones do appear to work. I spoke with relatives at Palau Pacific Resort - they reported no damage to the resort. I was able to also speak to my wifes family - they said the storm was very strong, but they are all fine. Koror still maintains a strict curfew - so everyone is required to stay put."
"There are still concerns for the states on eastern Babeldoab. I heard rumor there were evacuations last night after a strong storm surge flooded low lying villages in Ngchesar, Melekeok, Ngiwal and Ngaraard."
"As the typhoon travelled south - real concerns were for low lying Peliliu and Anguar. I received my one and only e-mail from Palau today. It was from a friend in Peliliu. They received a good deal of damage - from the pictures it could have been much worst."
"I believe there will be many, many stories of grief and there will be many in need. But there is a lot be be hopeful for."
[Photos courtesy OCEANIA TV : click HERE to view their website]