Tropical Cyclone Evan hit the Pacific island of Samoa yesterday and is being hailed as one of the most powerful storms to hit the island in over 20 years.
Tropical Cyclone Evan began as an eastward moving tropical depression, before intensifying and changing direction, moving westward towards Samoa. Cyclone Evan is the first named cyclone of the South Pacific’s summer cyclone season.
The category two storm made landfall over Samoa on Thursday, bringing heavy rainfall and winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour. Two people have been confirmed dead and a state of disaster has been declared.
Cyclone Evan is forecast to continue to move westward towards Fiji over the next few days and is expected to be upgraded to a category four storm.
Check out NOAA’s animation of the Tropical Cyclone here.