Karen

Typhoon Karen damage to the village of Yona. Photograph courtesy of the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC).

Typhoon Karen devastates Guam with wind gusts estimated up to 185 mph. Nearly all island homes were damaged or destroyed, leaving at least 45,000 people homeless and 11 dead. Communication and utilities were crippled. It is the first time US federal disaster assistance was offered, ushering in concrete houses.