A FIRE broke out near the national hospital at Moto'otua in Samoa at midday at the height of Tropical Cyclone Evan yesterday
According to talamua.com, despite the heavy rain and strong winds, part of the Seb and Rene's business opposite the national hospital caught fire.
The Fire and Emergency Services of Samoa was able to control the fire.
It was also reported that electricity supply had been turned off for Upolu and Savai'i islands except for essential services. Air New Zealand was also reported to have cancelled all outgoing and incoming flights to Samoa.
TC Evan hit Samoa yesterday with strong wind and heavy rain experienced on the island group.
According to the Samoa Disaster Management Office (DMO), the storm was moving towards Samoa at 15 miles per hour with sustained wind up to 55 miles per hour, with higher gusts close to the centre.
The centre of the storm reached landfall at 2pm, four hours earlier than originally forecast. A storm and hurricane warning was in effect for Samoa.
A flood advisory was in effect for low-lying areas because of heavy rain, seas were very rough, with a storm surge of ten to twelve feet. There is also poor visibility on roads because of heavy rain.
There have been several reports of people injured from the strong wind; two pedestrians were injured by flying branches while walking along beach road.
One suffered head injuries and another a broken ankle and the tree branches smashed through the windows of one of the businesses at the John Williams Building at Tamaligi.
Talanei.com reported tropical cyclone Evan's first claim of damage, a local insurance company at the front of the Faleolo Airport Terminal in Apia.