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American Samoa braces for Hurricane Rene

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By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Power was intentionally shut down late Friday night in Pango Pango as American Samoa braces for Hurricane Rene.    With communication difficult, relatives here in Hawaii are scrambling to find out what's going on.  

Ace Tufu, the Secretary of the Bread of Life Church in Kalihi could not reach his family by cell phone so now he has to wait and pray, "that's the best thing we can do, just pray. That's what Christians do. We hope everyone is well." 

Early Friday in Pago Pago, residents were boarding up windows  and stocking up on supplies as the storm approached.  Steve Agnon, manager of the Cost U Less said  " we have enough water, five thousand cases of water, we just off loaded our last vessel, that had a good amount of water. And our dry goods seem pretty well stocked.

This time around American Samoa is better prepared for a natural disaster.

It's been just 4 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened many villages in american samoa  Agnon said, " ever since the tsunami caught us off guard we now have a heads up and people are looking forward and preparing for the hurricane."

But for Tufu it's hard not knowing what's going on, I think they will survive -- samoans are very very tough."

Late Friday night cell phone service from Hawaii to American Samoa was hit or miss and landlines were down.