Flying debris cause of most car damage


A week after Super Typhoon Yutu’s massive destruction on Saipan, tin roofs or galvanized iron sheets are still littering the streets and dangling on trees, power poles, and power lines.

Those flying iron sheets and other heavy debris are being blamed for the shattered windshields and windows of many vehicles at the height of the typhoon. Galvanized iron sheets are house roofs or walls and have attached nails and lumbers or wooden planks.

District Court security officer Alex Sablan’s parked Toyota Tacoma that he purchased only last year had a big dent on the right passenger side body. The truck’s window glass on the right side were shattered.

Sablan knew that a huge roof tin was the culprit as it was still over his truck after Super Typhoon Yutu’s devastation last Thursday morning.

Sablan learned that the tin roof of his neighbor’s house, located a few feet from his home, was ripped apart and blown toward his truck that he had parked outside his house in Koblerville.

At the height of Yutu’s fury, Sablan and his wife, his mother-in-law, and their two children were all in the living room.

A strong wind then hit the window of the house and opened the shutter between 1:30am to 2am. This prompted them to move to their kitchen.

“I was scared,” he said.

Roberto, who asked that he be identified by his first name only, found his white Toyota Camry with a shattered left side window and back.

Two neighbors had to help Roberto in removing the iron sheet that broke the rear side glass and got stuck inside. The iron sheet had a piece of wood and nails in it.

Roberto said he could not tell where the iron sheet came as the car was parked in the apartment’s parking lot.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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