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Cyclone Mick: Eye of the Storm Passing Over Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Mick at 10:30 UTC on 14 December 2009
Tropical Cyclone Mick at 10:30 UTC on 14 December 2009

Tropical Cyclone Mick is now a category 1 storm. The centre was located at 11am FJT (12 hours ahead of GMT) about 110km North North-West of Nadi. The cyclone was moving South East at a rate of around 15-20 km p/h.

The cyclone is thought to be now past its peak and will be over North Western Viti Levu right now.

According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, the cyclone should maintain its southeast track overnight and tomorrow thus affecting nearly all parts of the Fiji Group. Rain has picked up dramatically in the Western division and should spread to other parts of the country overnight and tomorrow morning.

Based on the projected track of Tropical Cyclone Mick and the extent of damaging gale force winds, the whole of Fiji is to be kept under a Tropical Cyclone WARNING overnight and tomorrow.

About 18 hours ago the Fijian government also released all non-essential staff:

Following advice from the National Emergency Operation Centre, the Public Service Commission informs all Ministries/Departments that Tropical Cyclone Mick with its current track will directly hit Fiji by midday today.

In view of the above advice by the DISMAC, it has now been decided that all Public Servants that are not part of the Disaster Management Coordination Operation Team and those not in the essential services are to be released with immediate effect.

Fijian Government

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