Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tropical Cyclone Evan - Media Release!

3 days of misery? Quite possibly! Click for detail.

Well it was about bloody time!

4 PM Wednesday 12th December 2012 

TROPICAL CYCLONE “EVAN” 

Tropical Depression TD 04F was upgraded and named Tropical Cyclone (TC) Evan around 2.30pm today. 
TC Evan [995 hPa] Category (CAT) 1 centre was located near 14.2 South latitude and 174.5 West longitude or about 300 km west of Apia, Samoa, at 3pm today. 
It is moving towards the east at 20km/hr. The cyclone is intensifying and may reach Category 2, or storm force, in the next 24 to 48 hours. On this track, the cyclone centre is expected to make landfall over Savaii, Samoa, tonight, before making a u-turn towards the south, over Samoa still, and head back towards the west, later on Friday 14th December. 
If Evan maintains its projected track and intensity trend after leaving Samoa, it should move across the northern parts of Tonga on Saturday and arrive into the Fiji waters by Sunday 16th December, at least as a CAT 2.  
Additionally, ahead of this cyclone, as it heads for Fiji, damaging heavy easterly swells are expected. These can cause damages to, and sea flooding of, low-lying coastal areas. All communities in Fiji should be prepared now, heed warnings, and act responsibly, to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and/or property.

I just looked at the forecast and it looks bad bad bad.
Far from moving East, it is now expected to sit slow-moving smack over Viti Levu, and this for a full two-to-three days. We down here can expect brutal winds first from the East and then from the South.

Not good, not good at all!

2 comments:

The Saipan Blogger said...

Stay dry, my friend.

jsd said...

Looks no fun at all - good luck to you all.