TROPICAL CYCLONE PAM: March 10, 2015

DAY 2

Tropical Cyclone Pam aka #TCPam is only getting started……

PAM’S MOOD CHANGES

#TCPam begins to move from the SE to Vanuatu and Fiji.

ALERTS CONTINUE

  • #TCPam is moving towards a Category 4 Cyclone

BREAKING DOWN THE LAND 

The people who live in Kiribati are strong and have endured many hardships but they do ask for help from the rest of the world. To see this type of destruction in their Country is overwhelming and heartbreaking.

The roadway is quickly swallowed up by the ocean lapping at the sides, smashing it apart.

Photo Credit: Kiribati Abau Ni Koaua

This is the Nippon Causeway that links Betio and Bairiki Islets on Tarawa Kiribati, the only road into and out of the area.  The ocean has washed up sand, gravel and big rocks.

Photo Credit: Kiribati Abau Ni Koaua

Large potholes have made it difficult to drive on.  Some drivers have stayed home to work on building/rebuilding the sea walls destroyed by the crashing waves.

The underlining portion of the roadway is swallowed up by the ocean. [Photo Credit: Kiribati Abau Ni Koaua]

 This is by far the worst damage they have suffered and it’s only beginning.

Photo Credit: Kiribati Abau Ni Koaua

Vehicles do the best they can by driving slowly over the severely damaged roadway that only leads one way in and out of this area.

NASA’S CAPTURES PAM’S ANGER

NASA adds,

“On March 10, TRMM saw thunderstorms northwest of the Santa Cruz Islands was dropping rain at a rate of over 158 mm (6.2 inches) per hour and cloud tops reached heights above 16 km (9.9 miles).”

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Image Credit: NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce [Photo Captured March 10, 2015]

 NASA stated,

“On March 10, TRMM saw thunderstorms northwest of the Santa Cruz Islands was dropping rain at a rate of over 158 mm (6.2 inches) per hour and cloud tops reached heights above 16 km (9.9 miles).”

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TRMM sees thunderstorms in Pam

Image Credit: NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce [Photo Captured March 10, 2015]

BE INFORMED

Life is still getting worse for the people of Kiribati and the damage continues.  We are working on getting more information regarding shelters, resources as we move from day-to-day postings.

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