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Cyclone lashes Samoa, aims for Fiji


NOAA's GOES-15 satellite captured this visible image of newborn Tropical Storm Evan in the South Pacific on Dec. 12 (Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)
NOAA's GOES-15 satellite captured this visible image of newborn Tropical Storm Evan in the South Pacific on Dec. 12 (Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)

Staff writers

December 16, 2012 — Much of Fiji is now under curfew as it awaits Tropical Cyclone Evan - which is threatening to become a devastating category five storm.

Tropical Cyclone Evan developed in the South Pacific Ocean on Dec. 12 and immediately prompted regional warnings (Image Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)
Tropical Cyclone Evan developed in the South Pacific Ocean on Dec. 12 and immediately prompted regional warnings (Image Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)

The Pacific island nation of Fiji is bracing for a cyclone that earlier ripped through Samoa, leaving at least three people dead, eight missing and thousands homeless. 

Fijian authorities say nearly 400 people on the island of Vanua Levu had evacuated to emergency shelters.

Cyclone Evan is expected to hit tonight in northern Fiji, likely missing the more populous south, including the capital, Suva.

Forecaster Shalwin Singh, from Fiji's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre, stated that the main island of Viti Levu will start feeling the worst effects of the system on Monday.

The severe weather system is expected to reach the tourist centre of Nadi late on Tuesday.

The storm caused widespread destruction in Samoa on Thursday.

The Samoa Observer newspaper says up to four-thousand people were left homeless. 

New Zealand authorities are were using a plane to search for eight Samoan fishermen who went missing in the storm.


With files from The Associated Press

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