AGANA, Guam -- Typhoon Kim slammed through the Northern Marianas today with 150-mph winds, leaving one man dead and dozens of others injured on the island of Saipan, authorities said.
'We've had dozens of people reporting to the hospital emergency center for treatment of minor injuries and we haven't seen the worst of the storm yet,' a government spokesman said in Saipan at 3 a.m. EST as the storm swirled overhead.
At Kim's fiercest, 150-mph winds were recorded, gusting to 190 mph.
Officials said Sylvester Torres, 66, died of a heart attack when the storm smacked into Saipan, 113 miles north of Guam.
Residents of Tinian, 3 miles south of Saipan with a population of 600 people, and Rota, about 40 miles north of Guam with 1,500 people, could not be reached by telephone.
No damage or injuries were reported in Guam, where the international airport was closed and 80-mph winds were recorded.
A typhoon two months ago on the Marianas island of Agrihan caused extensive damage. Food and medical supplies had to be air-dropped to the islanders.