PNG duo among thousands in Cyclone prone Fiji

Electricity appears to have been lost in Fiji now as reports trickle in on the devastation especially in the outer islands.

Locals say winds are strong and picking up by the minute.

Fiji is about three hours away from the big hit of the category 5 tropical cyclone Winston.

Air Niugini has cancelled it's Nadi flights from today.

Sea swells are reported on the coast and unofficial reports say the Eastern Islands who are getting the full brunt of the cyclone are now cut off from the rest of the country.

Among the frightened residents are Papua New Guineans, Ore Toua and Joey Tau.

Toua, a Maritime Training advisor with the Transport section of the South Pacific Commission sits alone in her Suva apartment, thinking of her loved ones in Port Moresby.

"It's quite scary, I must admit. I've never seen or heard anything like this," Toua told Loop PNG.

"Family back home, we need your prayers right now."

Joey Tau, a communications specialist with an NGO group, also on Suva, said there is a blackout now in most parts of Suva.

"This is so scary. I've packed a bag too in the event we are asked to evacuate," he said.

Roaring winds with rain have brought down trees, branches and rooftops.

700 shelters have been set up as part of the Fiji Government's cyclone preparation and rescue plan. 

Titi Gabi