Tropical Cyclone Rene passed almost directly over the Manu’a Islands on Saturday and was headed directly for the main island of Tutuila when it suddenly veered south, missing the main island by about 30 miles. There was lots of rain and wind, but no major damage has yet to be reported. NPS offices came through the storm undamaged. There was significantly more wind on the Manu’a Islands, though. Power and water there remain out and phone service is intermittent. Park workers are stranded on Ofu Island, but they are well provisioned with stored water and food at the Ofu Ranger Station. It appears that it will be possible to get them back home by today or tomorrow. All park staff and most VIP’s have been accounted for and are okay.