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Cyclone Evan leaves the Samoas after heavy damage


Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Evan is finally leaving Samoa and American Samoa, after spending two days over the islands.

Evan made landfall on the north shore of Samoa near the capital of Apia on Thursday as a Category 1 cyclone with 90 mph winds, and intensified into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds after the eye wandered back offshore late Thursday.

Media reports indicate that Evan has killed two and brought heavy damage to Samoa. "Power is off for the whole country... Tanugamanono power plant is completely destroyed and we might not have power for at least two weeks," the Disaster Management Office (DMO) said in a statement. Satellite loops show a well-organized storm with plenty of intense heavy thunderstorm activity.

The storm will be a region with light wind shear of 10 - 15 knots and very warm ocean waters that extend to great depth, and could intensify into a Category 4 cyclone by Saturday, as it passes through the Wallis and Futuna Islands. On Sunday, Evan is expected to pass just north of Fiji.

Thursday dawned in American Samoa with a red-orange sky in the east and residents woke to the good news that Tropical Cyclone Evan was moving away from the territory. The National Weather Service Pago Pago made it official when they downgraded the cyclone warning to a gale warning at 6 a.m.

The 50-hour ordeal for the Territory began in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 11 when the National Weather Service Pago Pago reported that the weather service in Nadi, Fiji was tracking a tropical depression and were expecting it to move close to Savaiā€™i island in Samoa within the next 24 hours.
Recap of Cyclone Evan in the Samoa News:


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