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Cyclone Harold: Tornadoes Destroy Homes In Its Path

Fiji Meteorological Office acting principal scientific officer Steven Meke said the tornadoes felt in Nausori and Nakasi were not anomalies.
09 Apr 2020 10:23
Cyclone Harold: Tornadoes Destroy Homes In Its Path
A kitchen in a home in Vusuya, Nausori without a roof.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold moved out of Fiji’s waters today but not before wreaking havoc and forming tornadoes that destroyed homes and a school.

Two people in the Suva-Nausori area were reported injured.

Fiji Meteorological Office acting principal scientific officer Steven Meke said the tornadoes felt in Nausori and Nakasi were not anomalies.

“Tornadoes are usually part of thunderstorms. Tropical Cyclone Harold is a big thunderstorm system and the tornadoes felt in Nausori were generated by this thunderstorm,” he said.

“Usually the tornadoes are not this strong.”

According to reports received from Vusuya in Nausori, 17 homes were damaged by the tornado.

Overall rainfall for April 7 in Rarawai was 146 millimetres, 109 in Suva, 119 in Nausori and 101 in Koronivia.

This caused flooding of low lying areas in Nausori, Ba, Narere, and Vatuwaqa in Suva and even road closures.

Vusuya

In Vusuya the rooftops of houses were peeled easily open like a sardine can as a tornado came swirling int the area said Vimlesh Ram.

He said it was like a helicopter.

“It was around 3am when all of a sudden we felt like a helicopter just landed on our roof and then it took off taking everything with it,” Mr Ram said.

“My family was just screaming and crying.

“Everything inside our house is wet and we do not even have any dry clothes.”

Mr Ram said the tornado shattered the glass window and injured family members.

Mr Ram, his wife and three children have lived in Vusuya all their lives. He said it was an experience unlike anything.

He said trees had been uprooted.

The Ram family live in a large compound and it has two houses.

In the Western side of the country, strong winds up to 200 kilometres per hour were felt in most places. From Navutu in Lautoka, Cuvu in Sigatoka, along the Cora Coast and in Kadavu.

Kadavu was perhaps the worst affected, with winds starting to batter the island from early yesterday morning.

According to Tavuki villager Epeli Boteanakadavu, they had prepared well but the winds were devastating.

“I fear crops have been damaged. Some houses as well. The sea was quite high and listening to reports from the coastal areas, the sea had swelled and flooded villages along the coast,” he said.

There were also landslides caused by rain.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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