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Families Evacuate To Safety, TC Pola Moves Away

Mr Vereivalu assured that the weather should have cleared by this morning.
28 Feb 2019 10:23
Families Evacuate To Safety, TC Pola Moves Away
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Three families of Nukuni Village in Ono- i-Lau took shelter at the Onolevu District School last night after experiencing heavy rain and gusty winds.

Cama Tomasi of Nukuni Village said the families chose to find safety after experiencing the bad weather conditions.

The change in weather pattern was the direct result of Tropical Cyclone Pola being upgraded to a Category Two storm by midday yesterday.

However, when this edition went to press, the Fiji Meteorological Services acting director, Viliame Vereivalu, confirmed that TC Pola was moving further away from the country.

Mr Vereivalu assured that the weather should have cleared by this morning.

“It (TC Pola) was moving towards the east of the Lau group,” Mr Vereivalu said.

“By morning (today) it should have drifted further away from Ono-i-Lau further to the south- east of Ono-i-Lau.”

Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau were expected to experience damaging gale force winds, periods of heavy rain, squally thunderstorms and sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas.

A heavy rain alert was also issued yesterday for the Lomaiviti Group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

TC Pola was expected to be located about 130 kilometres southeast of Ono-i-Lau at 3am last night and about 300 kilometres south of Ono-i-Lau by 3pm today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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