Deadly Tropical Cyclone Evan Approaching Fiji

December 16, 2012; 6:10 AM ET
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Play video Satellite image courtesy of The Joint Typhoon Warning Center showing the center of Evan just north of Fiji.

While Samoa continues to clean up from the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Evan, Fiji is the new target of this devastating storm.

Evan is on track to be the strongest storm to impact Fiji in 5 years with current sustained winds of near 120 mph.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has warned his people to stay at home, take the proper precautions and to keep their loved ones close as Evan is expected to pass less than 50 miles west of the island during the next 24 hours.

Evan is expected to slowly strengthen before it makes it closest approach to Fiji. Peak sustained winds of the storm will be near 125 mph with higher gusts. Wind gusts along the western coastline of Fiji could reach 100 mph with widespread wind gusts of 80 mph.

Coastal flooding will be most severe along the northern and western coastlines while heavy rain can lead to flooding and mudslides across the interior of the island.

Three people have been confirmed dead on Samoa, with major damage being reported in the capital of Apia, according to ABC News. Wind speeds of 110 km/hr (nearly 70 mph) were reported in the city.

Some of the damage being reported is downed power lines and poles, houses being flattened and the staple of their diet, taro and banana trees being destroyed.

Other than the three deceased, 7 have been reported missing, and over 3,000 people are currently living in shelters.

Meteorologist Eric Leister Contributed to this story.


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