Fiji braces for TC Winston

Fiji is bracing for what experts say will be the strongest cyclone yet in the form of Winston.

Right now, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is being briefed on the situation and Fiji’s preparedness and shelter for its citizens.

Veteran journalist and PACNEWS Manager, Makareta Komai told LOOP PNG this morning the country is lock down mode as the Government through the National Disaster Management Council urges people to secure their homes as TC Winston enters its waters.

“Flights and shipping services have been suspended. Fiji Airways has cancelled all its flights until the weather clears,’’ Komai said.

She said the outlying Eastern Islands of the Lau Group are feeling the brunt of the strong winds of over 150kmph.

TC Winston is expected to make landfall on the main island of Viti Levu tomorrow affecting the capital Suva, where many Papua New Guineans also reside.

Komai said over 700 evacuation centres have been set up around the county and the Government has set aside FJD1 million for preparations.

“The category 5 severe cyclone has winds of up to 220kmph gusting up to 315kmph – the strongest and most damaging ever for Fiji,” Komai said.

Papua New Guinean journalist, Joey Tau who resides in Suva said they are keeping safe and expecting the worst.

The capital Suva is normal says Komai but people are rushing in and out of shops stocking up for the expected devastation TC Winston will bring.

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