By JASON GIMA WURI
TREES were uprooted and a temporary blackout was reported in Alotau and parts of
The cyclone was heading towards the Australian state of
“The strong surge of wind between 10am and noon caused minimal destruction.
“We also received reports that some houses had their ridge caps blown away, banana and betelnut trees were uprooted and a temporary blackout, allegedly caused by tree branches falling across power lines,” Balaria, who was at East Cape, 50km out of Alotau town, monitoring the situation, said.
Confirmed reports said straight after the strong winds subsided, rain and thunderstorms took over.
No major incidents had been reported.
Officials were hopeful to get updates from the outer islands by today.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in
Senior broadcaster Kwekweina Maiwori said by yesterday afternoon, the cyclone was 345km east of
“PNG’s area of responsibility has been cancelled as the cyclone is moving west southwesterly and will directly hit the coast of
“Winds of 25 knots will still be in the
“Because of the unpredictability of the wind and the rains, we should continue to stay clear of the waters and take extra care until NWS clears the weather warnings in the next few days.”