Goni spares Rota


Rota only had to deal with a power outage, broken tree branches, and some scattered debris on the roads when Tropical Storm Goni passed between the island and Tinian Saturday evening.

Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig said the island is back to normal operations as of yesterday afternoon.

Acting press secretary Matt Deleon Guerrero earlier told Saipan Tribune that the island experienced power outages starting at 6pm Sunday and that it was being resolved.

Atalig said that Feeders 1 and 2 had problems, causing temporary outages and minor problems with power distribution.

“It is now fixed and we’re back to normal,” he said.

Rota got the brunt of winds that were as strong as 60 mph while making its closest approach north of the island but Atalig said there weren’t any damage to houses and other island infrastructure.

“Not much damage except the debris on the highway. We did clearing and we’re done it already,” Atalig said.

He said the Emergency Operation Center and the Tinian Mayor’s Office’s emergency plans were activated when Gov. Eloy S. Inos declared Tropical Storm Condition 2 on Rota, but he added that his office was already in action prior to the storm’s approach.

Atalig said the designated shelter on Rota was the Aging Center.

“So far we have no problem,” he said.

Jayson Camacho | Reporter
Jayson Camacho covers community events, tourism, and general news coverages. Contact him at jayson_camacho@saipantribune.com.

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