- 30 Dec 2019
- 2 min read
Tropical Cyclone Sarai hit Fiji on December 28, 2019, causing widespread damage.
- It is a category two tropical cyclone and is moving east towards the Tongan waters at nearly 10 kmh speed.
- It is expected to have average winds of up to 110km/hr with momentary gusts to 150km/hr close to its centre.
Fiji and Tonga
- Fiji is a country and archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. It surrounds the Koro Sea about 1,300 miles north of Auckland, New Zealand.
- Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga (also called Friendly Islands), is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It lies east of Fiji.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
- The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage.
|Category||Sustained Winds||Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds|
|1||119-153 km/h||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage|
|2||154-177 km/h||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage|
|3 (major)||178-208 km/h||Devastating damage will occur|
|4 (major)||209-251 km/h||Catastrophic damage will occur|
|5 (major)||252 km/h or higher||Catastrophic damage will occur|