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Fiji warned of severe cyclone

December 14, 2012 7:41 pm

The Nadi Weather Office says, Fiji can expect strong winds from 165 kilometers per hour and momentary gusts of 230 kilometers per hour when cyclone Evan hits the country on Sunday evening.

Senior Weather Forecaster Amit Singh told FBC News, that at seven this morning, cyclone Evan was located at 805 kilometers East North East of Labasa, 1055 km East North East of Nadi and 995 km North of Suva.

The category 4 cyclone he says, is moving at a speed of 20km per hour on a direction of West South West and will continue to move in the direction and is expected to enter the Fiji waters by Sunday afternoon between 3 and 4pm before affecting the land areas later in the evening.

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While Evan maybe a very small intense system with hurricane gales at 100 nautical miles and 35 nautical miles of storm, the Nadi Weather Office says, Evan is a severe tropical cyclone.

Amit Singh says, the current conditions shows Cyclone Evan will remain a category 4 and there is nothing to weaken the system.

Singh says, people should expect the weather to worsen from Sunday afternoon and has requested everyone to be careful of strong winds and storm surge which would rise up to 4 to 5 meters.

He’s also warned people living in low lying areas of severe flooding.

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