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Cyclone Evan Update: Cyclone EVAN now being called the worst storm to ever hit Fiji


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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 6:50am

Cyclone Evan has wrecked homes, brought down trees and caused flooding across Fiji's main island.
The biggest cyclone in 20 years to hit the Pacific island nation is believed to have been destroyed a number of homes in Fiji’s second largest city, Lautoka, in western Viti Levu.
Tonight power was cut and land and mobile phone lines went down, but before they were lost, there were reports of major damage.

On the northern coast of Viti Levu, flood waters hit Ba, Raikiraki and Tavua.

In Suva Harbour, two container ships have run aground and are struggling to stay afloat as they’re pounded by rough seas, coinciding with a 10pm high tide.

There were no reports of death or injury.

By 11pm the cyclone had moved south of Nadi and winds in the area have eased, MetService said.

Tourist resorts on many of Fiji’s palm-fringed islands were evacuated and authorities set up more than 60 evacuation centres.

Before phone contact was lost, Wellington lawyer Janet Mason said the upper part of her house in Lautoka had been destroyed.
She had said the weather was extreme and dramatic.
She said an empty house had flown through the air and landed beside hers.
"Another house has completely disintegrated, its roof is in the trees."
Debris is everywhere and much of it is flying through the air.
"Everything is going, all the trees are being destroyed, there will be nothing left."
In her own home, the roof was coming off and she was losing windows.
"It's really bad, it never stops. The wind is howling so strong and it is raining, except the wind is so strong you cannot see the rain.”

Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley said Lautoka city looks like a war zone.
“It's something a lot of people there never expected. They didn't expect the cyclone to hit them to that extent," Wesley said.
"According to people on the ground ... they have never seen anything like this.
"Very, very strong winds, waves, rain, but I think what's worrying was the very, very strong winds," he said.
"For buildings to lose their roofs like that, it's a reflection of how powerful the cyclone was."

So far there had not been any reports of casualties as a result of the storm.

In the capital, Suva, a container ship and a bulk carrier were struggling to stay afloat in wave surges of up to five metres and while the immediate concern is for their crews, any shipwreck would pose an environmental disaster.
Both the 14,000 ton bulk carrier ship Starford and the Singapore-flagged Capitaine Tasman, 9725 tons were at anchor while aground but appeared to be struggling without any help from tugs.

Cyclone Evan, which has already wrought WST$300 million (NZ$157 million) damaged and left four people dead and 12 missing in Samoa.

For more on the story

[link to www.stuff.co.nz]

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Cyclone EVAN now being called the worst storm to ever hit Fiji

Cyclone Evan grew to a Category 5 cyclone as it moved over the shallow warm water between Fiji’s outer islands and its main island. Evan’s well formed eye was just off the Western coast so there was never a break from the sustained winds that were 150mph with possible gust up to an estimated 180mph. Officials in Fiji are now saying that Evan was the worst storm ever to hit the Fiji Islands.
I’ll try to add some info about damage in Fiji as I can, our internet service Tower here on the East Side of American Samoa was a bit damaged and wireless access is a real PITA right now.

Cyclone Evan hits Fiji: 'This will be much worse'
4:18 PM Monday Dec 17, 2012

Fiji residents are bracing themselves as Cyclone Evan makes its presence felt.
Thousands of people have taken shelter in the region as Tropical Cyclone Evan batters the area with winds of up to 185km/h.
Up to 400 New Zealanders also hunkered down in evacuation centres, with Cyclone Evan increasing from category 3 to 4 as it made its way towards Fiji.
Pacific Harbour resident Michael Thoms, who lives 40 minutes from Suva on the edge of where Evan is set to hit hardest, said today he'd just watched a tree in his backyard "take off''.
Mr Thoms said Cyclone Evan was set to be more severe than Cyclone Bebe, which hit the region in 1972 and killed 18 people.
"Quite definitely this will be much worse than that one, I feel very sorry for the people up North on the Vanua Levu side.''
Cyclone Kina in 1993 killed 23 people in the region and left thousands homeless.

In Samoa:
Samoa fishermen still missing, 4,500 people in shelters
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:38am | Category:
By Samoa News staff

APIA -- Samoa government reports that a total of 10 people including fishermen who were on board three fishing boats are missing while four are still confirmed dead following cyclone Evan last week.
Over the weekend, an aircraft from the New Zealand government conducted the search and rescue operation for three missing alia fishing boats and their crew. The fishermen left earlier in the week before the cyclone developed, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.
The aircraft also conducted aerial imaging of the damage to Samoa from the cyclone to complement the on-ground assessments, which is on going for both Upolu and Savai’i islands as reports are being compiled.

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[link to www.samoanews.com]

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Thanks Zerubbabel contact me using the email I gave you in the PM.