PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/Center for Pacific Islands Studies

CYCLONE SUSAN HITS LAUTOKA, FIJI

SUVA, FIJI (January 8, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Cyclone Susan roared through Fiji's Sugar City, Lautoka, Wednesday night damaging 13 shops and uprooting trees, power and telephone lines, but there were no reports of casualties.

According to reports from Fiji’s Disaster Management Committee, winds blew away the corrugated iron roof of the Anu Patel shopping complex. The Lautoka bus station and other shops in the middle of the city also were damaged.

After the city plunged into darkness, firemen and Fiji Electricity Authority linesmen were called in to assist police clear downed power wires.

Cyclone Susan later passed some 180 miles south of Fiji’s capital, Suva, and, at last report, was continuing to move to the southeast toward Vanuatu and New Caledonia at about 15 miles per hour.

Cyclone Susan is estimated to have average center winds of about 125 miles an hour.