Damage in and around Apia is extensive. Photo / Seti Afoa
The tropical cyclone that has ripped through Samoa is
moving away from Apia and is likely to gain momentum as it
heads towards Fiji, say weather reports.
Since a state of disaster was declared when cyclone Evan hit
on Thursday, at least three people, two of them reportedly
children, have been killed.
residents and holidaymakers were hit by sustained winds of up
to 170km/h, flash floods and rough seas, forcing evacuations
Heading southwest since moving away from the capital of Apia,
the effects are now being felt on smaller islands off the
northern coast, where gale warnings are in place for Savai'i
and the most populated island, Upolu, Samoa Meteorology
Hurricane winds in parts, flooding, thunderstorms and squalls
were likely, said the weather service.
By the time it reaches Fiji tomorrow, the category three
cyclone is expected to develop into a category five - a level
reserved for the most severe tropical cyclones.
Fijians are being urged to take all possible precautions as
it braces itself.
Fiji's self appointed prime minister Commodore Frank
Bainimarama issued a statement urging every Fijian citizen to
take the "impending disaster" seriously.
"I call on you to secure your homes, your businesses and your
properties. I also urge you to now stock up on emergency and
essential items. Every Fijian must be prepared and not be
complacent," he said.
People should restrict their movements and refrain from