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Cyclone Evan: Samoa declared a disaster area, American Samoa hit
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:35:32 AM »
Cyclone Evan: Samoa declared a disaster area, American Samoa braces

Samoa declares disaster over cyclone damage as all rivers are flooding and most roads blocked by water and fallen trees.

American Samoa is bracing for storm intensification from a category 2 to category 3 storm, with winds on Tutuila expected to reach Thursday morning.

"Late today, Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012, the National Weather Service in Tafuna forecast for Thursday morning is heavy rains and isolated showers as Tropical Cyclone Evan lingers near Tutuila, with hurricane force winds of 75 to 95 mph with gusts to 120 mph, increasing to 85 to 110 mph with gusts to 130 mph before 12 noon."

The Samoa News will post weather updates here:
http://samoanews.com/?q=node/69585

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Cyclone Evan hovers over the two Samoas
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 01:46:35 PM »


Tropical Cyclone Evan is battering Samoa and American Samoa in the South Pacific with wind gusts up to 130 mph, heavy rain and pounding surf.

The National Weather Service in Pago Pago issued hurricane and high surf warnings for the islands as well as a flash flood watch.

There were reports of two deaths from the storm in Samoa, an independent country with a population of 183,000. American Samoa is a U.S. territory with a population of about 55,000.

The weather service said Thursday morning that Evan was nearly stationary over the islands. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii said Evan's strength could increase over the next 48 hours, making it a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 126 mph, before it moves away from the Samoan islands to the southwest toward Fiji.

 


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