Cyclone Causes Significant Damage

Apr 9, 2020

 As of 0900 UTC on 8 April 2020, Tropical Cyclone Harold was located approximately 225 km (140 mi) southeast of Suva, the capital, and was moving east-southeast at 40 kph (25 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). At that time, Harold was generating maximum sustained winds of 138 kph, with gusts of up to 167 kph. On its current path, Harold will pass near Tonga by 1800 UTC before continuing into the South Pacific Ocean, where it is forecast to begin dissipating by 10 April.

As Harold passed Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, it caused significant damage and flooding on the island. Strong winds destroyed at least nine homes in Nasinu, which is located approximately 10 km northeast of Suva. Streets throughout Suva were closed due to flooding, and power outages occurred across Viti Levu. However, there were no reported casualties in Suva or elsewhere on Viti Levu. Authorities were attempting to reestablish communication links with the worst-affected Kadavu Island, which is situated approximately 90 km south of Viti Levu.

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