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Relief effort swings into action in cyclone-hit Fiji. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). HMAS Adelaide will leave Brisbane on Thursday as the federal government … Tropical cyclones are non-frontal, low pressure systems that develop, within an environment of warm sea surface temperatures and little vertical wind shear aloft. Live updates: Cyclone Yasa makes landfall in Fiji Cyclone Yasa, with winds at its centre gusting as high as 350km/h, has made landfall on the island of Vanua Levu. Radar image of Tropical Cyclone Yasa at 02:30Z December 17, 2020, (9:30 p.m. EST December 16), approximately four hours before it made landfall on Fiji’s Vanua Levu Island. Cyclone Yasa is expected to hit Fiji on Thursday. Some advocates fear the economic loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may mean families are ill-prepared to weather the storm. It generated winds of up to 330kph at its strongest. 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A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said on Friday. The most recent Category Five storm to hit Fiji was Cyclone Harold, which killed 31 people as it tore through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in … Niwa forecasters says Cyclone Yasa is currently lying between Vanuatu and Fiji. It generated winds of up to 330kph at its strongest. SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Australia has pledged emergency humanitarian relief for Fiji after a powerful cyclone hit the Pacific nation. "Those in Fiji should immediately begin preparing for a major weather event." It killed more than 40 people and remains the southern hemisphere's strongest storm on record. News Fiji braces for Cyclone Yasa with 16-meter waves forecast. By that time, it could have swelled to the highest storm category - five, the weather forecaster said. Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. SUVA, Fiji (AP) — A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said Friday. News Fiji braces for Cyclone Yasa with 16-meter waves forecast. Tropical Cyclone Yasa struck the low-lying Pacific island nation of Fiji on Thursday evening local time, as one of the strongest storms to hit there. — Picture obtained from social media via Reuters. SUVA, Fiji (AP) — A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said Friday. @WeatherWatchNZ @MetServiceWARN TC Yasa is due to hit … Tropical Cyclone Winston devasted Fiji in 2016. Here is #CycloneYasa, a category 1 tropical … EMAIL. (AP Photo/Aileen Torres-Bennett) Elsewhere in Suva, Wilfred Wendt, who is part of the climate action group 350 Pacific, said his family had been preparing for the storm all day. A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said on Friday. Cyclone Winston in 2016 was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji. Akshay Kumar, co-owner of the Grillenium Authentic Food House, said Winston was bad and he was expecting another strong storm. Aileen Torres-Bennett, ASSOCIATED PRESS SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Australian sailors will embark on a Christmas eve humanitarian mission to help thousands of people in cyclone-struck Fiji. The island was hit in 2016 by Cyclone Winston, and many still remember the storm that killed over 40 residents. … 8 1 Authorities imposed an … "People are not moving fast enough to evacuation centres and we don't know or have a rough idea how strong this cyclone is going to be," Ms Rokotunidau said. Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. By that time, it could have swelled to the highest storm category - five, the weather forecaster said. SHARE. Duration: 00:38 1 day ago. Michael Cheer, who owns the Samabula Cake Shop, was moving cakes into his car so he could take them home and put them into a cooler, rather than driving them across the island to deliver them to another town. The National Disaster Management Office warned the cyclone could bring waves as high as 16 meters (52 feet) in some places and sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph), with gusts hitting 350 kph (217 mph). Every one of us must treat these climate-fuelled catastrophes with deadly seriousness.". Photograph: Fiji Roads Authority/Reuters “Our teams report that houses and community buildings have been destroyed and crops flattened. * Cyclone Yasa: Fiji's Vanua Levu pummelled overnight * Cyclone Yasa: Category 5 cyclone hits Fiji causing landslides, flooding, 345kmh gusts, and 14-metre swells. Only one previous category 5 storm on record has made landfall in Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. (AP Photo/Aileen Torres-Bennett) SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The death toll from a powerful cyclone that battered the Pacific island nation of Fiji last week … It generated winds of up to 330kph at its strongest. Fiji was urging people near the coast to move to higher ground Thursday ahead of a nationwide curfew as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. The most recent Category Five storm to hit Fiji was Cyclone Harold, which killed 31 people as it tore through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in April this year. Use our interactive to look through satellite photos that captured the destruction of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. 21 Dec 2020. Cyclone Yasa Could Hit Fiji as Category 5, Cyclone Zazu to Belt Tonga. Authorities imposed an overnight curfew and declared a state of natural disaster. EMAIL. A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said Friday. “It’s gonna be really rough. Before the cyclone hit with gusts of up to 214 miles per hour, authorities had imposed an overnight curfew and declared a state of natural disaster. Perry reported from Wellington, New Zealand. “The dust is yet to settle,” Bainimarama said. Authorities have urged Fiji's population of nearly 1 million to seek higher ground, as Cyclone Yasa hit … It generated winds of up to 330kph at its strongest. Fiji has a population of about 930,000. Authorities in Fiji have distributed 10,000 food packs to people affected by Cyclone Yasa, as the aid effort in the country's north gets underway. Abdul Shaheed, a resident in Fiji's capital Suva, said his experience of the monster storm had made him wary about what Yasa might bring. Here is #CycloneYasa, a category 1 tropical cyclone. TWEET. View all (6) Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. (ABC News) Cyclone Winston in 2016 was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji. People in Fiji are being warned they may get a direct hit from a powerful cyclone this week. Cyclone Winston was the last Category 5 cyclone to hit Fiji in 2016, which killed more than 40 people, and remains the Southern Hemisphere's strongest storm on record. We're expecting storm surges," Vasiti Soko, director of Fiji's disaster office, said. Yasa is the third Category Five storm to hit Fiji since 2016, when Cyclone Winston killed 44 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. (Tropical Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu in April.) Mr Bainimarama said Yasa "could easily surpass the record-breaking strength" of Cyclone Winston. The severe category five Cyclone Yasa was carrying wind speeds of up to 240 kilometres per hour when it made landfall on the island of Vanua Levu, with wind gusts of up to 345kph, Fiji's meteorological service said. The cyclone is set to hit Fiji on Thursday evening or Friday morning. Cyclone Winston in 2016 was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji. The most recent Category Five storm to hit Fiji was Cyclone Harold, which killed 31 people as it tore through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in April this year. "As the world is getting warmer, these storms are getting stronger. Tropical Cyclone Yasa, currently the strongest storm on Earth, is headed for a potentially devastating landfall in Fiji within the next 24 hours. "We're not taking things lightly at all, we're making sure everything is secured," he said. Families and businesses are preparing as best as they can for the Cyclone and resident Stephanie Brown spoke about boarding … Australia will deploy naval personnel and financial aid to Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Yasa. The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the 2020/2021 cyclone season. This video shows the cyclone just beginning to hit the islands, with conditions expected to worsen. Cheryl Goodenough AAP. The country is now under curfew until Friday morning, to keep people off the streets unless they are evacuating. Over 100 cakes could be ruined.”. Australia sends aid to cyclone-hit Fiji. A year later, women's football was banned, Three COVID-19 cases have now spread to Sydney's CBD from the northern beaches. Many had memories of Cyclone Winston, which hit in 2016 and killed more than 40 people. Though agencies and non-government organisations are preparing for major relief efforts once Cyclone Yasa passes, organisations are urging people not to send goods to Fiji in the aftermath of the storm. Fiji's National Disaster Management Office said tow-thirds of Fiji's population of 900,000 is in the cyclone's path. and remains the southern hemisphere's strongest storm on record. "The impact forecast for this super storm is more or less all Fijians," Mr Bainimarama said in a video posted to Facebook. Super cyclone Yasa flattened entire villages as it tore through Fiji, aid agencies said Friday, with a baby among two confirmed deaths and rescue workers racing to the worst-hit communities. Australia will deploy naval personnel and financial aid to Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Cyclone Yasa, with winds at its centre gusting as high as 350km/h, made landfall on the island of Vanua Levu. 'We've tried to help as many as we could': Communities put on Christmas lunches for coronavirus-hit families, Man who suffered broken leg during arrest secures $854,000 compensation. The first tropical cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific has formed between Vanuatu and Fiji. SHARE. Photograph: Fiji Roads Authority/Reuters “Our teams report that houses and community buildings have been destroyed and crops flattened. New Zealand will give Fiji $2 million in additional support following the devastation of Cyclone Yasa, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “It’s gonna affect business bigtime in the food industry,” Kumar said. and remains the southern hemisphere's strongest storm on record. They’re prepping for the cyclone.”. Landslides, flooding, strong gusts and large swells are adding to the “destructive” Cyclone Yasa, which hit Fiji two hours earlier than predicted. National Disaster Management Office director Vasiti Soko urged anyone who doubted their home's structural integrity to prioritise survival over protecting … Tropical Cyclone Yasa struck the low-lying Pacific island nation of Fiji on Thursday evening local time, as one of the strongest storms to hit there. More than 1,000 evacuation centres have been prepared across Fiji's two main islands, and the Government has declared a "State of Natural Disaster" for the next 30 days to respond to the crisis. "We know in the Pacific we are resilient and we are doing everything we can to prepare until the worst is over.". The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the 2020/2021 cyclone season. Mr Bainimarama said Yasa "could easily surpass the record-breaking strength" of Cyclone Winston. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. “The dust is yet to settle,” … Families and businesses are preparing as best as they can for the Cyclone and resident Stephanie Brown spoke about boarding the houses to prepare. AILEEN TORRES-BENNETT and NICK PERRY Associated Press, Akshay Kumar, co-owner of the Grillenium Authentic Food House, tests out delivery service in the preparation for cyclone Yasa in the Samabula neighborhood of Suva, Fiji Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. 'Serious major hit': Cyclone Yasa strengthening in Pacific, 40 pct chance it reaches New Zealand Cyclone brewing over Fiji as temperatures expected to soar across NZ … Today is delivery day, and I was supposed to go to Nadi, but I can’t go west," Cheer said. A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said Friday. Earlier today, a second tropical cyclone, Zazu, was identified in the South Pacific. This video shows the cyclone just beginning to hit the islands, with conditions expected to worsen. *The Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre was officially designated by WMO in June 1995 as a Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide "first-level" information in tropical cyclones (ie, basic information covering the tropical cyclones' present and forecast position, movement and intensity) in the South-West Pacific Ocean. It is now threatened by cyclone Yasa. “This is the usual, but we never know," Brown said. Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls from the advocacy group Shifting the Power Coalition said women, children and people with disabilities would be particularly vulnerable. In 2016 Fiji was devasted by Category 5 Cyclone Winston which killed more than 40 people. Aid organisations are concerned some Fijians will not be able to make it to evacuation centres in time. SHARE. Will you cap off the week with a win in our Friday news quiz? NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and sea surface temperature data from the Multiscale Ultrahigh Resolution (MUR) project. Fiji Meteorological Service Just after Christmas, Tropical Cyclone Sarai left two people dead and more than 2,500 needing emergency shelter as it damaged houses, crops and trees and cut electricity … Fiji was urging people near the coast to move to higher ground Thursday ahead of a nationwide curfew as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Fiji is home to nearly 1 million people and sits between Hawaii and New Zealand. Stephanie Brown and her family were busy boarding up their home in preparation, saying it's something they do regularly for cyclones. Hundreds of Fijians are expected to spend the night sheltered in evacuation centres. SHARE. Yasa is the third Category Five storm to hit Fiji since 2016, when Cyclone Winston killed 44 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. The cyclone tore across the northern island of Vanua Levu on Thursday night as a category five, destroying entire villages and leaving thousands homeless. "Those in Fiji should immediately begin preparing for a major weather event." "In terms of the level of damage and destruction and potential for loss of life, I would say maybe 20 to 25 per cent of the population are in direct harm's way," he said. A powerful "super storm" has hit the Pacific Island nation of Fiji this evening, bringing with it destructive hurricane-force winds, flooding and massive waves. Tue 15 Dec 2020 18.44 EST Twin cyclones are bearing down on Pacific islands, with Fiji’s main island likely to be directly hit by a category five storm for the second time this year. "The Government is pleading with you to please move upland. Abdul Shaheed, a resident in Fiji's capital Suva, said his experience of the monster storm had made him … Cyclone Winston in 2016 was the last category five cyclone to hit Fiji. "We've prepared them to be able to keep in touch with the National office and headquarters by mobile phone until their phones run out if the electricity runs out," she said. Fiji is hit by cyclone. Fiji scrambles to provide aid as cyclone toll rises Issued on: 19/12/2020 - 08:22 Cyclone Yasa hit Fiji on Thursday, leaving thousands unable to return home and killing four Leon LORD AFP/File UK and European Union reach Brexit deal ahead of crucial deadline, Royal Caribbean launches legal action against families of White Island volcano tragedy, This ladies team drew a crowd of 53,000 fans in 1920. Severe Cyclone Yasa has made landfall on Fiji, with wind gusts up to 345km/h threatening to decimate the island nation. Weatherwatch.co.nz says it will spend the next few days spinning around in a giant circle gaining strength. Cyclone Yasa: Monster storm now cat 5, set to strike Fiji in coming 24 hours 15 Dec, 2020 10:37 PM 3 minutes to read MetService National weather: December 15th - 17th. "So we have to keep in mind that not many households may be able to prepare.". TWEET. Crews clean up after Cyclone Yasa hit Fiji. Australia sends aid to cyclone-hit Fiji. The World Food Program in Fiji has told people to "donate responsibly", in an effort to ensure authorities do not waste time sorting through tonnes of donations. Wed, 23 December 2020 4:17PM. He said Fiji's coastal communities will be "badly affected" by sea swells as they come ashore, and he anticipates there will be significant coastal erosion. It is expected to go from a category 1 storm to category 3 by the time it brushes past Fiji on Wednesday. Located about one-third of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii, Fiji has a population of about 930,000. The New Zealand-based meteorological service Weatherwatch said Fiji was "smack bang in the firing line" of the slow-moving cyclone, which is expected to hit late Thursday or early Friday. Authorities in Fiji have distributed 10,000 food packs to people affected by Cyclone Yasa, as the aid effort in the country's north gets underway. The category five storm was over the province of Bua, but a hurricane warning was in force for nearly the whole country. But weather forecaster Neville Koop, director of NaDraki Weather service, said recent modelling suggested fewer people might be severely affected. The most recent Category Five storm to hit Fiji was Cyclone Harold, which killed 31 people as it tore through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in April this year. Winds are now sustained at 200km/h and over, with gusts to 270km/h, along with major coastal inundation near the centre of the storm as it moves in. It is urging residents to stock up on food and water, board up windows and move to higher ground if safe to do so. In 2016, Fiji was hit by tropical Cyclone Winston, killing 44 people and making extensive damages which the … Wed, 23 December 2020 4:17PM. Earlier today, a second tropical cyclone, Zazu, was identified in the South … Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Abdul Shaheed, a resident in Fiji… The cyclone is set to hit Fiji on Thursday evening or Friday morning. Fiji was urging people near the coast to move to higher ground Thursday ahead of a nationwide curfew as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Fiji is home to nearly 1 million people and sits between Hawaii and New Zealand. Ilisapeci Rokotunidau, director of Fiji's Red Cross, said her organisation had more than five hundred volunteers on the ground trained to help those fleeing the Cyclone. SUVA, Dec 16 — Tropical Cyclone Yasa has intensified into a top-of-the-scale category five super-storm in the Pacific and remains on track to hit Fiji this … Mr Bainimarama said Yasa "could easily surpass the record-breaking strength" of Cyclone Winston. Fiji's Kadavu Island, located just south of Viti Levu, took a direct hit from the powerful tropical cyclone. It’s not a good set up for Fiji at all with Severe Cyclone Yasa now Category 5 – the maximum level. SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit.Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Cyclone Yasa is expected to hit Fiji on Thursday. 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Fiji imposed a nationwide curfew Thursday after urging people near the coast to move to higher ground as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. The category 5 … "People are not roaming around. … The Fiji Meteorological Service said Cyclone Yasa had intensified to top-of-the scale Category Five storm the winds are expected to gust upto 280 kilometres per hour (174 miles per hour). "We're trying to do as much as we can in this short time available to us before the cyclone hits Fiji tonight.". Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said 95 per cent of the country's population — more than 850,000 people — were in the direct path of the storm. "One of the challenges is that this is a depressed economy right now because of the impact of COVID," she said. Relief effort swings into action in cyclone-hit Fiji; Cyclone Yasa aftermath: 'widespread destruction' 21 Dec 2020. Fiji … Aid agencies have pre-positioned supplies across the country in anticipation of a major disaster during cyclone season, which runs until May next year. The most recent was Cyclone Harold, which claimed 31 lives as it tracked through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in April this year. National Disaster Management … Authorities imposed an overnight curfew and … "The storm might turn around and hit us like Winston.”. There have already been local reports of roofs ripped being ripped off buildings by violent winds and families sheltering under their floors and beds. Authorities imposed an overnight curfew and declared a state of natural disaster. Cyclone Yasa was expected to hit the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu later Thursday or early Friday. Fiji was urging people near the coast to move to higher ground Thursday ahead of a nationwide curfew as the island nation prepared for a major cyclone to hit. Flash flooding and landslides are likely in some areas, with the Government warning waves as large as 14 metres could slam the coast. Fiji was hit by by tropical cyclone Sarai in Viseisei in December 2019. Duration: 00:38 1 day ago. Story by Michael Carlowicz. People repair a house in the preparation for cyclone Yasa in the Tamavua neighborhood of Suva, Fiji, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. "We're just wondering what is going to happen with COVID and people losing their jobs and the destruction this cyclone will bring to Fiji.". A powerful cyclone hit Fiji overnight, killing at least two people and destroying dozens of homes in the Pacific island nation, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Aileen Torres-Bennett) A gas pump is wrapped in the preparation for cyclone Yasa in Suva, Fiji, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Tropical cyclone Yasa, currently category 3, is forecast to intensify to category 5 before impacting Fiji on Friday morning. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said in a video message that those confirmed dead were a 3-month-old baby and a man in his mid-40s. Crews clean up after Cyclone Yasa hit Fiji. Source: Zoom Earth. SHARE. The first tropical cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific has formed between Vanuatu and Fiji. The … The Pacific is being belted by two tropical cyclones - … SHARE. (AP Photo/Aileen Torres-Bennett). Many Fijians are still recovering from Cyclone Harold which hit the country in early April. The impact on Fiji's Vanua Levu Island is likely to be devastating, but major populated areas spared of direct hit. The island was hit in 2016 by Cyclone Winston, and many still remember the storm that killed over 40 residents. Share Wednesday, 16 December 2020 10:46 AM. … Fiji is hit by cyclone. The category five storm is over the province of Bua, but a hurricane warning is in force for nearly the whole country. 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