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Tropical storms during the rainy season are not uncommon: the last major cyclones to hit Fiji occurred in December of 2012, March of 2010, December of 2009, December of 2007 and December of 2003. … By CNN . The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the 2020/2021 cyclone season. Medical research advances and health news, The latest engineering, electronics and technology advances, The most comprehensive sci-tech news coverage on the web. Some 600,000 people live … With winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, Yasa devastated … Cyclone Yasa: Fiji braces as powerful storm reaches land. Cyclone Yasa is projected to intensify and strike parts of Fiji with wind speeds that may reach 230 kilometres per … Tonga and Fiji are in store for some rough weather this week with the first cyclone of the season gathering strength and a second set to emerge later tonight. Get weekly and/or daily updates delivered to your inbox. Powerful cyclone tears through parts of Fiji, leaving trail of destruction. Issued on: 17/12/2020 - 10:06 Modified: 17/12/2020 - 10:04 A resident of Fiji's capital Suva prepares his home for the arrival of super Cyclone Yasa Lice MOVONO AFP 4 min –IANS. New Zealand-based meteorological service Weatherwatch said Yasa was of capable of cutting a swathe of destruction 300 kilometres wide. State of disaster in Fiji as Cyclone Yasa bears down 17 Dec 2020 Category-five cyclone Yasa, with winds gusting as high as 350 kilometres per hour, is set to make landfall tonight. Tropical Cyclone Yasa has been building strength between Fiji and Vanuatu and is tracking towards Fiji as a severe category 5 storm. Aid agencies have pre-positioned supplies across the country in anticipation of a major disaster during cyclone season, which runs until May next year. By Reuters Dec 20, 2020 Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose. Residents wade through the flooded streets in Fiji's capital city of Suva on December 16, 2020, ahead of super Cyclone Yasa. Here is #CycloneYasa, a category 1 tropical cyclone. Fiji's borders remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which Ali said could present a challenge for international relief efforts. The season officially started on November 1st, 2020, and will end on April 30, 2021. The … Aid agencies had pre-positioned supplies across the country in anticipation of major disasters during cyclone season, which runs until May. Here are the Cat 5s in 2020: Cyclone Harold, April 6, 165 mph winds (Southeast Pacific) Cyclone Amphan, May 18, 165 mph winds (North Indian) Super Typhoon Goni, October 30-31, 195 mph winds Northwest Pacific) Hurricane Iota, November 15, 160 mph winds (Atlantic) Cyclone Yasa, December 16, 160 mph winds (Southeast Pacific) Figure 3. Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall on Fiji’s Vanua Levu Island (population 136,000) at 6Z (1 a.m. EST) Thursday, December 17, as a high-end category 4 storm with 145 mph winds, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). 1, Argentina: Americas: Population Movement – Revised Emergency Appeal (n° MDR42004), Peru: Americas: Population Movement – Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDR42004, Revision no. The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year, and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the 2020/2021 cyclone season. This prediction is from a joint modelling work between researchers from University of Newcastle and National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand. The natural-color image was acquired in the early afternoon on Dec. 16, 2020, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA … If the Sahara is caused by the Hadley cell, it should ring the Earth like the Hadley cell, surely? Tropical cyclone risk for Fiji during the 2020-21 season is likely to be near average, that is, one to three tropical cyclones are expected to pass through Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Boaties in Fiji's Blue Lanes ponder next move as cyclone season looms 28 Aug 2020 Boat owners allowed to enter Fiji's Blue Lanes are urging other countries to adopt a similar initiative amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Updated on Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 16:41. Red Cross societies across the Pacific prepare for the cyclone season all year, pre-positioning relief supplies, training volunteers and staff in everything from first aid to relief goods, and ensuring that communities know what to do when cyclones strike. Suva [Fiji], December 19 (ANI/Xinhua): Fiji has reported four deaths in total as of Saturday as a result of the tropical cyclone Yasa which battered the island nation over the past two days. Thu 17 Dec 2020 23.01 EST A three-month-old baby was one of two people killed when category-five Cyclone Yasa tore through Fiji’s second-largest … Save the Children said lessons had been learned from Winston in 2016 and Fijians were taking cyclone preparation seriously. The most recent Category Five storm to hit Fiji was Cyclone Harold, which killed 31 people as it tore through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga in April this year. Sydney, Australia, Dec 18 (efe-epa).- Powerful Cyclone Yasa has caused at least two deaths and widespread destruction in Fiji, according to authorities, local media and an aid agency on Friday. 2:01 pm on 21 December 2020. Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office said there were about 24,500 people sheltering in almost 500 evacuation centres across the country. Suva, 16 December 2020 – Two tropical cyclones have formed in the Pacific, signaling the beginning of what is forecast to be a busy season for emergency … *The Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre was officially designated by WMO in June 1995 as a Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide "first-level" information in tropical cyclones (ie, basic information covering the tropical cyclones' present and forecast position, movement and intensity) in the South-West Pacific Ocean. Super cyclone Yasa slammed into Fiji's second-largest island Thursday, tearing roofs off buildings as it triggered flash floods and landslides in the Pacific island nation. Fiji’s borders remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which Ali said could present a challenge for international relief efforts. We do not guarantee individual replies due to extremely high volume of correspondence. Sheltering in schools, church halls and even shipping containers offers better protection but runs the risk of health issues if people stay longer than a few days. ... 'Zombie' Tropical Storm Paulette returns from the dead because it's 2020. Sydney, Australia, Dec 18 (efe-epa).- Powerful Cyclone Yasa has caused at least two deaths and widespread destruction in Fiji, according to authorities, local media and an aid agency on Friday. Authorities also declared a state of natural disaster for the next 30 days, which gives sweeping powers to emergency services. *The Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre was officially designated by WMO in June 1995 as a Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide "first-level" information in tropical cyclones (ie, basic information covering the tropical cyclones' present and forecast position, movement and intensity) in the South-West Pacific Ocean. The article stated that Fiji is forecasted to be hit by four tropical cyclones in the November 2020 to April 2021 season. In 2016, Fiji experienced tropical cyclone Winson, which killed 44 people and caused extensive damage to the nation. This document is subject to copyright. Story by Reuters and Rhea Mogul, CNN. Suva, 16 December 2020 – Two tropical cyclones have formed in the Pacific, signaling the beginning of what is forecast to be a busy season for emergency responders across the region.. The storm is considered one of the strongest to ever hit the South Pacific. 1 of 8 A house is shuttered in the preparation for cyclone Yasa in the Tamavua neighborhood of Suva, Fiji, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. With winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, Yasa devastated … The 2020–21 South Pacific cyclone season is a currently ongoing period of the year when most tropical cyclones form within the South Pacific Ocean to the east of 160°E. In 2016, Fiji was battered by tropical cyclone Winson, which killed 44 people and caused extensive damage to the nation. The region is known for some very intense tropical cyclones in the last decades, but Yasa is one of the earliest storms to gain a Category 5 strength so early in the Southern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season 2020/2021. Tropical Cyclone … Tropical cyclone Yasa, the first severe tropical cyclone of the 2020/21 South Pacific cyclone season, is steamrolling its way towards Fiji. 21 Dec 2020. Vanuatu Red Cross Society Secretary General Jacqueline de Gaillande said: “We already have experience managing multiple disasters, following Tropical Cyclone Harold earlier this year, while dealing with the risks the COVID-19 pandemic posed to our communities. The most recent category five storm to hit Fiji was the highly destructive Cyclone Harold in April this year. Yasa whirled over Vanua Levu, Fiji… By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy But Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama earlier warned the storm was so big that its impact was likely to be felt across the entire country. 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The impact on Fiji's Vanua Levu Island is likely to be devastating, but major populated areas spared of direct hit. The sudden simultaneous storms reinforce predictions that tropical cyclones will be more frequent and there is more risk of floods this season due to the changing climate and La Niña weather conditions. Tropical Cyclone Yasa moves toward Fiji yesterday. "We will be here to protect you. The category-5 storm is considered one of the strongest to ever hit the South Pacific. Fiji has been warned to prepare for category-5 tropical Cyclone Yasa, which is expected to directly hit the Pacific Island state in coming days. When Tropical Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands in April this year, more than 1,000 Red Cross volunteers were mobilized to support evacuation efforts and provide relief. Suva, 16 December 2020 – Two tropical cyclones have formed in the Pacific, signaling the beginning of what is forecast to be a busy season for emergency responders across the region. This Tuesday, Dec. 15 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Cyclone Yasa, top center right, over Fiji. Click here to sign in with "This storm has the ability to swamp entire islands, inundate entire coastal communities, wipe some small islands off the map entirely," Weatherwatch managing director Philip Duncan said. He said Yasa "could easily surpass" the destruction wrought by Cyclone Winston in February 2016, which killed 44 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Radar image of Tropical Cyclone Yasa at 02:30Z December 17, 2020, (9:30 p.m. EST December 16), approximately four hours before it made landfall on Fiji’s Vanua Levu Island. 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