11 Mar 2014

Crops damaged in Vanuatu cyclone

3:22 pm on 11 March 2014

Tropical cyclone Lusi is damaging crops and felling trees as it passes over Vanuatu, and has killed at least one person.

The Disaster Management Office says the person died in Adaptabanga Village in north Pentecost in Penama province, reportedly after being hit by a falling tree.

A Vanuatu Meteorological Service cyclone forecaster, Moira Matou, says Lusi isn't very strong at the moment but it's still doing damage.

"A lot of damage has been reported done especially to peoples gardens. Crops, trees falling down, banana bunches going down."

Moira Matou.

Lusi has now been upgraded to a category 2 storm as it heads east south east towards Fiji where a cyclone warning has now been issued.

The cyclone now has winds near its centre of up to 130 kilometres an hour.

By Wednesday afternoon the Fiji Weather Office says Lusi could be upgraded to Category 3.