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FFAS facility weathers hurricane, monsoon

FFAS’ National Headquarters was boarded up with plywood and weathered Hurricane Wilma without any damages.
Wilma’s progress towards American Samoa caused the cancellation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa afterschool mentoring program and also the ASHSAA Girls’ Soccer games scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.
But bad weather replaces bad weather as the departure of Hurricane Wilma Southwest of Tutuila brings about a monsoonal trough that has a gale warning and flash flood advisory in effect for all of American Samoa.
Schools have been canceled thus the afterschool program is off as well for today. Also in limbo are the returns of FFAS’ executive committee member and RDO, Silasila Samuelu and fitness instructor Talalelei Fa’alava’au as the Tafuna International Airport is currently closed.
There were no casualties reported but a lot of fallen trees and a few families have been left without homes.
Power was lost mostly in the west side but has since been restored.
A tourist attraction for the territory back in the 80s and 70s came crashing down with the cable car and wire crashing down. According to KHJ Radio’s talanei.com, “one end (fell) on the Samoa government ferry, the Lady Naomi and the other on the former Samoa Packing plant.”
Luckily for FFAS’ facilities the cable wire, running from Utulei to the top of Mt. Alava, was not in its path.

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