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One dead, more than 2,500 evacuated as Cyclone Sarai lashes Fiji

Satellite imagery shows deep convection around the virtual center of tropical Cyclone Sarai sweeping through Fiji. (Photo by

One person was killed in Fiji and one is missing as tropical Cyclone Sarai battered the South Pacific nation with strong wind and heavy rain, authorities said on Sunday.

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office said one person was also in intensive care and more than 2,500 people had moved to 70 evacuation centers.

The category-two tropical cyclone is not expected to make landfall in Fiji, though its weather service has issued storm and flood warnings for parts of the country.

"Close to its center, the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 110 km/h with momentary gusts of up to 150 km/h," the Fiji Meteorological Service said in a statement.

Cyclone Sarai is moving east at nearly 10 km/h and is expected to move into Tongan waters on Tuesday.

Tonga's Meteorological Service has issued a heavy rain and flash flood warning for the entire country.

(Source: Reuters)

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