Disaster center to open in storm-ravaged Saipan

Disaster center to open in storm-ravaged Saipan

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) - It's been about 10 days since a typhoon devastated Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

The island in the U.S. territory remains without electricity but Guam newspaper Pacific Daily News reports water service has been restored to some villages.

A one-stop disaster recovery center staffed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and other relief agencies is expected to open Wednesday.

Typhoon Soudelor struck Saipan with more than 100 mph winds, tearing tin homes off foundations, flooding houses that withstood winds, uprooting trees and snapping wooden utility poles.

There are still no reports of deaths or serious injury.

As residents cope with the storm's aftermath, some businesses are reopening. There were some players at gambling tables and slot machines at Best Sunshine casino Tuesday.

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