Evan still on track to hit Fiji
December 13, 2012 6:44 pm
Cyclone Evan is expected to hit Fiji late Sunday.
The Cyclone is currently in Samoa and has now changed to category three cyclone.
Nadi Weather Office Senior Forecaster Amit Singh says at daytime on Sunday the cyclone will have its effect at sea level and later at night it should affect the land area.
“According to our forecast track we expect the cyclone to start affecting the Northern parts of the group from later Sunday. At the moment cyclone Evan is a category 3 cyclone, we expect it to intensify further and when it approaches Fiji it is expected to be a category 4 cyclone. Category 4 cyclone can have winds up to 100 knots gusting up to 140 knots and that’s in kilometers would be 185 kilometers per hour gusting up to 260 kilometers per hour. It is expected to affect Vanua Levu from later Sunday, cross Vanua Levu the southern parts then expected to cross Viti Levu, the effects is likely to decrease from later Tuesday into Wednesday”.
Meanwhile, the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Centre is predicting TC Evan to strike Fiji on Monday.
The centre says on current trend, the cyclone should cause property damage and flooding.
The JTWC says there could be a storm surge of between 1.8-2.4 metres above normal, while coastal and low lying areas could experience flooding two to four hours before the arrival of the storm centre.
Authorities are again reminding people to take necessary precautions.
Stay tuned to FBC news for more on TC Evan during the day.