TC Evan Update
No news is (hopefully!) good news.
The eye of Severe Cyclone Evan has moved past Nadi now, but there is zero information coming out of Fiji. I last talked to my sister Alexx four hours ago just after the power had gone out but while the cell towers were still operating. Fiji Meteorology Service has stopped transmitting and from the news in Australia I've learned that the New Zealand Meteorology Service has taken over responsibility.
It is clear that Evan crossed both Lautoka and Nadi just offshore, so both cities were in the dangerous semicircle where the storm's speed added to the cyclonic speed of the wind.
I'm reasonably confident that NAI'A is safe, but I worry for the families of my crew, most of whom live in Nadi or Lautoka. While "the boys" have been taking care of NAI'A, their wives and kids have had to fend for themselves....
“We loved every minute of our time with you in Tonga! It could not have been any better. Each and every member of the NAI’A team was outstanding and each of you made our whale expedition unforgettable. The whales, the hospitality, the guides, the skiff driving, the dinners and the singing and kava… Everything was wonderful. It was the best honeymoon ever!”
~ Buzz & Ellie