Cyclone Tomas Hits Fiji, Expected To Pick Up Force
Cyclone Tomas Hits Fiji Islands, Causing Damage
Cyclone Tomas, a category-four storm, has hit Fiji islands, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. The storm is packing winds of over 170 km/hr and is expected to pick up force in the next 24 hours. Cyclone Tomas has shut down airports, government offices and schools. Many people in northern Fiji have been left without power. Many buildings and crops have been damaged. Communication has been lost with some of the islands.
There are no official reports of deaths or injuries yet. Unconfirmed reports say one woman has been killed. An overnight curfew has been enforced by Fiji's government in an effort to minimize casualties.
The cyclone was reported to be generating waves up to 7.2 metres (24 feet) high.
Widespread damage has been reported on many of the outer islands but the main island of Viti Levu has so far escaped relatively unscathed.
Cyclone Tomas is one of the worst storms to have hit Fiji in recent years.