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Brace hard

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, December 17, 2012

BATTEN down the hatches and prepare for the worst — Evan is coming.

That was the word from government yesterday as it issued a hurricane warning for the Yasawa and Mamanuca Group.

If TC Evan stays on its projected path, it should move closer to or just north of the Yasawa Group today and should be located west-south west of Nadi tomorrow.

On this track, TC Evan is expected to be located about 60 kilometers northeast of Yasawa-i-Ra or about 170km north northeast of Nadi at seven this morning.

By seven tonight TC Evan should be 115km west of Nadi or 175km southwest of Yasawa-i-Ra.

When this edition went to press, a Tropical Cyclone alert had been issued for Kadavu and nearby smaller islands with a gale warning still in place for Cikobia, Taveuni, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands.

The same gale warning was repeated for Viti Levu and nearby smaller islands as well as the rest of the Lomaiviti Group with heavy waves and swells.

Close to the centre of TC Evan, maximum sustained winds are estimated at around 170km/hr (90 knots)with momentary gusts of over 230km/hr.

And with Evan expected to hit the north and west today, civil servants in the two divisions were ordered not to report to work for safety reasons.

A curfew was also imposed in the north between eight last night and six this morning for safety concerns.

Hotel operators in the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups took precautions and sent about 300 tourists back to Viti Levu to take shelter from TC Evan.

In Suva, the Royal Suva Yacht Club which is normally a hive of activity was deserted as yachties, both local and visiting, took their vessels to shelter on dry docks, trailers and even in the mangroves surrounding the harbour.

TC Evan is expected to cause flooding, including sea flooding, of coastal areas.