ABC News has this recent report regarding the damage a tropical storm did to several islands in Micronesia. Excerpt:

Thousands of people in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) are in desperate need of food, water and shelter after the islands were struck by Super Typhoon Maysak, the Red Cross says.

The organisation’s executive director in Micronesia, Isao Frank Jr, told Pacific Beat nine people were killed and thousands were displaced. …

He said there is still no communication with the islands of Fais and Ulithi in the state of Yap, believed to have taken a direct hit from Maysak.

The Red Cross estimates at least 5,000 people are in need of emergency assistance.

“Both governors from the states of Chuuk and Yap have made declarations and [are] requesting … additional support,” Mr Frank said. …

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Screen shot from the Micronesia Red Cross Society’s Facebook page, April 3.

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For more information about the storm and relief efforts, check out the Facebook page of the Micronesian Red Cross Society.

Meanwhile, The Weather Channel reports on the storm’s latest status:

After attaining rare March super typhoon status Tuesday, Typhoon Maysak is now feeling the influence of two weakening factors. Regardless, Maysak, called “Chedeng” in the Philippines, still poses a threat to the northern Philippines this weekend.

As of the Friday evening advisory (local time) issued by the National Weather Service in Guam, Maysak is now the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph. However, increasing wind shear – changing wind speed and/or direction with height – and impinging dry air is increasingly displacing the typhoon’s convection on the eastern half of the circulation. …

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