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EDITORIAL: Prepare For The Worst, Lau and Kadavu

People of Lau and Kadavu please prepare for the worst. Tropical Cyclone Gita has the potential to reach wind speeds of over 300 kilometres an hour, just like TC Winston
13 Feb 2018 13:19
EDITORIAL: Prepare For The Worst, Lau and Kadavu
Fiji Met satellite pictures taken earlier this morning.

People of Lau and Kadavu please prepare for the worst.

Tropical Cyclone Gita has the potential to reach wind speeds of over 300 kilometres an hour, just like TC Winston and everyone knows the destruction the latter imposed on Fiji.

The country is just getting back on its feet and is now faced with the threat from TC Gita.

It is expected to be the worst cyclone to hit the Kingdom of Tonga and already a state of emergency has been declared there.

What started off as TD07F that passed to the north of Fiji a few days ago hit Samoa as a Category One and has swung around to Tonga, intensifying to its present status of Category 4.

TC Gita was expected to enter the Fiji waters sometime today and intensify to Category Five while making a beeline towards the Southern Lau group.

Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa are expected to feel the full brunt of the cyclone with gusts of up to around 200 kmph, enough to uproot trees, flatten houses and cause considerable damage.

What is most important are the lives of the people in its path, especially the children.

As it moves along heading towards the South of the Kadavu Islands along the way people have to be prepared and there is no other way to put it.

Storm surges from the sea are another threat.

With all this happening the Fiji Sun joins with the rest of Fiji praying for the safety of everyone in the Lau group and Kadavu and smaller Islands north of the Lau group which may feel the brunt of the cyclone.

As the Director of the Fiji Metrological Services Ravind Kumar has said cyclone movements could be determined by weather conditions around the cyclone.

People in Fiji should not become complacent as no one thought TC Winston which had come from Tonga on a similar path would cross into Viti Levu from the North East and smash its way through Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka and parts of Nadi in February, 2016.

The images following TC Winston showed its destructive potential and with TC Gita heading into Fiji waters, the images would come flooding back for those who felt the might of its strength in 2016.

Right now let us all think and pray for the people of Lau and Kadavu when TC Gita passes close by those islands.

Move to safety, people of Lau and Kadavu.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj




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