The Latest: Tourists flee typhoon-ravaged US territory

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — The Latest on a super typhoon’s aftermath in the U.S. commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Tourists are leaving a Pacific U.S. territory after a super typhoon knocked out electricity and caused widespread damage.

The U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a popular tourist destination for Chinese and South Korean travelers.

Kevin Bautista, a spokesman for Gov. Ralph Torres, says there were 3,200 tourists when Super Typhoon Yutu struck last week. He says the South Korean government flew most of their nationals out on military planes over the weekend.

Bautista says Chinese tourists have been flying home now that commercial flights have resumed out of the Saipan airport.

Recovery efforts continue for the territory, where Tuesday morning marks the sixth day without electricity and running water.

There has been one storm-related death of a woman who took shelter in an abandoned building that collapsed.


5:30 a.m.

Elections are being postponed in a Pacific U.S. territory still without electricity after a super typhoon destroyed homes, toppled trees, utility poles and left a woman dead.

U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Torres says on his Facebook page that he’s postponing elections until Nov. 13. Early voting will begin Nov. 6.

He says voting is important but it’s even more important to take care of family.

Residents will decide on their non-voting delegate to Congress, governor and other local races.

Torres says he’s suspending campaign events for his re-election to focus on recovery.

The territory suffered massive damage after Super Typhoon Yutu passed over last week.

The American Red Cross and other volunteers have been giving out meals and drinking water.

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