Cyclone Yasa: Powerful hurricane-force winds heading for Fiji

Cyclone Yasa: Powerful hurricane-force winds heading for Fiji

The tropical cyclone Yasa Safar-Simpson has reached Category 5 level on the Hurricane Scale, as it approaches Fiji, with winds of up to 260 kilometers per hour (160 miles per hour). Just 24 hours ago it was in Category 1, and local officials have warned that the potential impact of the hurricane could be catastrophic.

Before Yasa gets a little weaker, it could get stronger in the next 36 hours, as it approaches Fiji in about 36 hours. However, the storm is likely to be extremely strong when the local time (ET on Thursday morning) reaches the country on Thursday night.

200 kph. In addition to winds above (125 miles per hour), the storm will bring more than 250 mm (10 inches) of rain, which could accelerate flooding and landslides. The extreme intensity of the hurricane will lead to very rough seas and the length of the storm is capable of flooding low-lying coastal communities.

The scale estimates potential property damage, and NOAA warns that winds of more than 200 kph can also result in “severe damage” to well-built homes, while trees and power poles can go down, causing further destruction and disruption. .

Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Benimarama Said “Every Fiji must now prepare for heavy rains, damaging winds, tidal surges and floods across the country.”
“I urge communities to use this time to take steps to protect your homes and communities,” Benimarama said in a national message, echoed by the country’s Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development. Said on Twitter “We can’t stress this enough – it’s time to prepare.”

While Yasa is hitting Fiji, another tropical cyclone, Zazu, has passed just north of Tonga, but has had no effect on the islands.

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Zazu is the equivalent of a tropical storm with winds of 100 kph (62 miles). No additional landmasses are in its way and the storm is expected to dissipate in another day or two.

Strong cyclones have become increasingly common in the Pacific in recent years, something Benimarama has put down the weather reversal, Writing earlier this year That global warming was the cause of wildfires in Australia as well as heavy storms in the Pacific.

With an average additional degree of global warming, the proportion and frequency of wildfires will increase rapidly, as will the intensity of heat-driven tropical cyclones.

In April, both Fiji and Vanuatu were hit by a tropical cyclone Harold, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, and especially devastated Vanuatu, where it was. One of the strongest reported storms reported to make landfall so far.

CNN No. James Griffiths and Michael Guy contributed to the report from Hong Kong.


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