A tropical cyclone is expected to hit Samoa today with wind
speeds over 80kmh.
Cyclone Evan emerged yesterday when a tropical depression
deepened 300km southwest of Apia and moved eastward toward
The Fiji Meteorological Service said the tropical cyclone
would be sitting right over Samoa about midday.
An Air NZ spokeswoman said last night that there were no
planned disruptions to flights from New Zealand at this
stage, but this could be revised as the storm hit.
The Fiji Met Service expects the cyclone to intensify to a
category 2 as it changes direction and moves away from Samoa
Fiji is preparing for the cyclone to arrive on Sunday.
Fiji Met Service director Alipate Waqaicelua told the Fiji
Times that residents need "to be prepared and ready, now".
Fiji police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro called out to mariners to
"please take the weather advisories seriously". She said
parents needed to keep a close watch on their children. The
Nadi weather office was issuing warnings of heavy rain and
"There are hidden threats which could result in tragic
incidents which is why supervision during this time is