Fiji Braces For Cyclone

SUVA, Fiji (December 16, 2012)--The Pacific island nation of Fiji was bracing Sunday for a cyclone that earlier ripped through Samoa, leaving at least three people dead, eight missing and thousands homeless.

Fijian authorities said Sunday that nearly 400 people on the island of Vanua Levu had evacuated to emergency shelters.

Cyclone Evan was expected to hit Sunday night in northern Fiji, likely missing the more populous south, including the capital, Suva.

The storm caused widespread destruction in Samoa on Thursday. The Samoa Observer newspaper says as many as 4,000 people were left homeless.

On Sunday, New Zealand authorities were using a plane to search for eight Samoan fishermen who went missing in the storm. Authorities say the men were in three boats, each about 9 meters (30 feet) long and with outboard motors.


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