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....
“Lomaiviti reefs are in extremely good condition compared to Indonesia and PNG. Immediate action must be taken to conserve this unique region.”
~ Dr. Michael Marnane, Marine Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society