14 Dec 2009

Cyclone Mick now predicted to hit Fiji's main island of Viti Levu

6:24 am on 14 December 2009

Weather forecasters are predicting that Fiji will be hit during Monday night by a tropical cyclone that has been named Mick.

The cyclone is currently about 250 kilometres northwest of Nadi and has been classified as category one.

It has changed course slightly and is now said to be heading directly for the main island of Viti Levu.

But the whole country has been put under a gale warning

Close to it's centre, Mick is estimated to have average winds of up to 75 kilometres an hour with gusts up to 125 kilometres an hour.

The cyclone is currently moving at 20 kilometres an hour.

It is expected to bring squally thunderstorms and flooding to low lying areas and damage to some crops and light structures.