Apia preparing for a direct hit from Cyclone Evan | Pacific Beat

Apia preparing for a direct hit from Cyclone Evan

Apia preparing for a direct hit from Cyclone Evan

Updated 13 December 2012, 9:23 AEST

Storm, hurricane and flood warnings have been issued for Samoa as Cyclone Evan moves closer to the island group.

The cyclone is centred about 60 nautical miles west of Apia and if it maintains its current course will come within five kilometres of Apia in about five hours or at two this afternoon local time.

Samoa's disaster advisory committee is meeting in Apia.

Cyclone Evan has winds of 55 miles an hour near its centre, is likely to produce a storm surge of more than three metres and is producing heavy rain.

Presenter:Geraldine Coutts

Speaker:Mulipola Austalia Titimaea, lead forecaster, Metservice, Samoa

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