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Aussies in Fiji urged to prepare for TC Evan

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Monday, December 17, 2012

THE Australian Federal government is urging Australians in Fiji to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

It said the category 4 tropical cyclone was expected to be in Fiji waters by late yesterday afternoon.

The call came from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and it urged all Australians to stay alert and informed.

"We encourage Australians in Fiji to follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor the media for the latest developments," DFAT said.

The Fiji Meteorological Service provided up to date information about the weather conditions in Fiji, DFAT said, adding that Australians were also urged to review and follow hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.

"You should carry your travel documents at all times or secure them in a safe, waterproof location," it said.

"We also suggest that you contact friends and family in Australia with updates about your welfare and whereabouts."

TC Evan is also set to disrupt flights between Australia and Nadi.

In an advisory to its passengers, Air Pacific said most flights on Sunday will operate but flights today have been cancelled or delayed until tomorrow.

The status of two flights to and from Brisbane is yet to be confirmed.

TC Evan killed at least four people in Samoa as it ripped through houses, knocked down power poles and trees, and caused flooding.

The cyclone was expected to pass just north of Fiji yesterday with winds gusting up to 230km/h, the Fiji Meteorological Service said. It is intensifying and may increase from a category four to a category five cyclone.


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