Published December 13, 2012
Three people have been killed – including two children – after Tropical Cyclone Evan lashed through Samoa, Sky News Australia reports, citing local media.
In the country’s capital, Apia, the cyclone destroyed homes and toppled trees and power lines.
Samoa’s Meteorological Service predicts the storm will turn back after passing the island of Upolu, possibly putting Apia at risk for more damage.
Tourists have been evacuated from coastal areas and the South Pacific island states of Tonga and Fiji have also been bracing for the storm, Sky News Australia reports.