Update 4: Typhoon Bopha Takes Detour — Palau Is Spared

Update to this story: Dec 3, 2012

While much of Palau faired well from Typhoon Bopha, a few of the villages on the eastern side of the archipelago were hit extremely hard. On Palau’s largest island of Babeldoab, the tidal surges caused by Typhoon Bopha devastated areas of Ngiwal Ngaraard’s Ngkeklau village. Ngkeklau’s residents are without power, water and communication. Many have lost their homes, which were ripped from their foundations and transported elsewhere.

December 3, 2012
Oceania TV News

In what seems a miracle of mercy, Palau has been spared the full wrath of Typhoon Bopha.  While it wailed and howled and sent piercing noises through the trees and outside of our windows, at the very last minute the Typhoon turned west and its path jogged south of Palau.  Early reports have the Typhoon passing more than 50 miles south of Koror, the nation’s city-centre.  Surprisingly despite its thunderous whistle, there was very little rain.

Palau spared from the worsts of Typhoon Bopha (or Typhoon Pablo).  House in Koror.

Palau spared from the worsts of Typhoon Bopha (or Typhoon Pablo). House in Koror.

Palau After Typhoon Bopha

It is early morning here in Palau and as of yet, it has been difficult to communicate within Palau because the phone lines are down.  The power is also out. Third hand reports tell us that the sea has washed into the shoreline on the east side of Babeldoab and Kayangel.   Many houses on the northeastern coast of Palau’s largest island of Babeldoab have been destroyed completely, but at least two remain.  No reports yet from the islands of Anguar and Peleliu.  Damage assessment is ongoing.

Super Typhoon, Typhoon Bopha, Palau Typhoon, Palau residents encouraged to prepare for Typhoon Bopha, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Downtown Koror after Typhoon Bopha

We took a drive through downtown Koror.  There were police on loudspeakers telling everyone to go back in their homes and to clear the road.  The police deserve an applaud for their obvious diligence both during the Typhoon — in patrolling the neighborhoods and clearing the roads through the night — and afterwards in trying to keep the public orderly.

History will reflect that on December 3, 2012, Typhoon Bopha grazed Palau.  This storm, like all others, has passed.

Typhoon Bopha (Typhoon Pablo) damage at Malakal, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Typhoon Bopha (Typhoon Pablo) damage at Malakal, Palau

Typhoon Bopha damage in the city of Koror Palau, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Typhoon Bopha damage in the city of Koror Palau

Typhoon Bopha (Typhoon Pablo) in Malakal Palau, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Typhoon Bopha (Typhoon Pablo) in Malakal Palau

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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