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Cyclone Harold: Fijians In Vanuatu Hunker Down As TC Harold Hits

Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall in the Northern part of the country yesterday with winds gusting as high as 235km/h.
07 Apr 2020 12:48
Cyclone Harold: Fijians In Vanuatu Hunker Down As TC Harold Hits
Some of the Fijians in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, on April 6, 2020.

Fijians in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, hunkered down as ravaging winds swept across the nation’s largest island.

Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall in the Northern part of the country yesterday with winds gusting as high as 235km/h.

Cyclone Harold – a category five, the highest possible – was gathering significant strength as of yesterday afternoon.

Mosese Vereti, president of the Vanuatu Fijian Community, said: “Santo started experiencing strong wind and rain from Sunday going to today.

“There are a few Fijian divers in Santo whose work sheds have been destroyed but are safe in their houses.

“As of 10am (Vanuatu time) they start to experience strong winds that intensified from yesterday.”

RNZ reported: “Fred Jockley, a managing forecaster at the Vanuatu Meteorological Service, said this storm was the most serious since Cyclone Pam, which destroyed much of the country in 2015.

“The winds range is covering the whole of Santo and part of northern Malekula.”

The Weather Channel, a US news medium, reported that Harold will move slowly through the island with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge before tracking near Fiji later this week.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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