Update: 1:12PM PEOPLE around the country are gearing up for Tropical Cyclone (TC) Evan with shoppers hitting shelves at supermarkets in a bid to secure provisions for what could be one of the worst natural disasters to hit Fiji.
New World Limited human resources manager Ashok Nigania said the chain of supermarkets experienced a rush of people stocking up on items such as candles, batteries and tinned food.
"I was down in Ba this morning and people have started preparing themselves for Cyclone Evan. They were also stocking up on provisions like rice and other goods as well," he said.
Meanwhile, local supermarket giant chain Morris Hedstrom has extended its opening hours to allow customers a chance to get all their last-minute provisions for the weekend.
"Some of our stores will be staying open until 10pm and some will stay open until midnight just to give our shoppers the chance to get themselves ready for Cyclone Evan," Carpenters Group marketing director Kunaseelan Sabaratnam said.
TC Evan is expected to hit Fiji with winds of between 159 and 200 kilometres per hour, gusting up to 225 and 270 kilometres per hour.