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Cyclone Evan

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, December 17th, 2012 - 7 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster, International - Tags: ,

Funny old year for weather. In the last few weeks alone we’ve had “super storm” Sandy in New York, typhoon Bopha wreaking havoc in the Philippines, a deadly tornado in Auckland which went on to hit Rotorua. Now it’s cyclone Evan. It trashed Samoa, and it is at this moment hitting Fiji.

I’m sure our thoughts are all with Fiji as it braces itself for disaster.

We should all plan for more of these events. Climate change models tell us that storms won’t necessarily get more frequent, but they will get more powerful. New Years might be a good time to check out your disaster survival kit.

7 comments on “Cyclone Evan”

  1. karol 1

    Small Pacific islands are in the worst position to deal with extreme weather sweeping across the Pacific.  Samoa particularly has taken a significant battering in recent times.
    I hope the people in Samoa are able to recover from the latest storm, and that Fiji is spared too much destruction.

  2. tc 2

    Our turn this weekend although nowhere near as damaging.

  3. Anne 3

    According to TV3 (?) it has been upgraded to a category 5 which means damage is going to be extensive – more so than Samoa. The greater the intensity the slower these storms move too so Fiji is in for a terrible couple of days.

  4. Marji Mullis 4

    It is a shame our weather and gov weather sites are now relying on experimental models. Also refuses to give more than a 1-2 day forecast. I fear we in Georgia are going to be flooded.

  5. karol 5

    It so far looks like there isn’t any loss of life in Fiji.  I hope it stays that way.  The devastation is bad enough.

  6. Thoughts and wishes with the people of Fiji today.

    So nothing at the standard though, about fiji’s military being in Iraq.


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