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CYCLONE EVAN BEARS DOWN ON FIJI'S NORTH (Cat 4)
Yahoo Australia ^ | 12/17/2012

Posted on 12/16/2012 3:43:56 PM PST by dirtboy

More than 3,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres as Cyclone Evan bears down on Fiji's northern islands.

The storm has already caused widespread damage in Samoa, claiming at least four lives.

Fiji's Meteorological Office says at 9am local time the centre of Severe Tropical Cyclone C Evan was located about 30km due east of Yasawa i Ra island.

It is moving southwest by southerly at 22 kilometres an hour, and is expected to be about 60km west of Nadi around 8pm tonight.

The Met Office says the Yasawa and Mamanuca, and the west of Viti Levu will feel the worst of the cyclone, warning of hurricane force winds of 185 kilometres an hour, with gusts up to 270 kilometres an hour.

Strong wind warnings are in force for the whole country and an alert for destructive seas has also been issued.

Amit Singh has told Radio Australia's program the storm remains a category 4.

"As long as it stays in Fiji water, it will remain a category 4, and it moves further south it will decrease in intensity as it meets with the sea surface temperature," he said.

Storm surges of over 4 metres are likely with significant sea flooding likely later today along the north and western Viti Levu coast.

(Excerpt) Read more at au.news.yahoo.com ...


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The main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, is in the bulls-eye. Vanua Levu was on the dirty side of the storm for surge. Bad for that island nation.
1 posted on 12/16/2012 3:44:01 PM PST by dirtboy
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2 posted on 12/16/2012 3:45:30 PM PST by dirtboy
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paging mr. lister. mr. dave lister. please pick up the white courtesy phone...


3 posted on 12/16/2012 3:50:23 PM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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imagine if a real storm, like this one, hit the whiney northeast. they’d want $500 billion to cover the union wages

I wonder if sting will go over to sing aftferwards?


4 posted on 12/16/2012 3:53:52 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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Sandy was a real storm. Just ask those who were impacted by it. There is much more to the severity of a storm than just wind speed. As someone once said, the wind will scare you but the water will kill you. Sandy had a lot of surge water.


5 posted on 12/16/2012 4:02:09 PM PST by dirtboy
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” the wind will scare you but the water will kill you. Sandy had a lot of surge water.”
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Yes, if you live on a river bank or the seashore, but if in a very poor country with very flimsy tropical houses, they will blow away or blow down with you in them.
On Mindanao, even mountain villages had high death tolls.


6 posted on 12/16/2012 4:36:56 PM PST by AlexW
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