Tropical Cyclone Evan brought strong winds and floods to Samoa in early December 2012. Two people had been killed by December 13, news reports said. Evan made landfall in Apia, prompting authorities to close the airport. The strong, slow-moving storm destroyed homes, downed trees, flooded rivers, and severed roads. It was perhaps the worst to strike Samoa in 20 years.
On December 13, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Evan had maximum sustained winds of 90 knots (165 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 110 knots (205 kilometers per hour). The JTWC forecast that Even would strengthen, with maximum sustained winds peaking around 110 to 115 knots (205 to 215 kilometers per hour) over the next 72 hours.
The JTWC forecast map issued December 13 showed Evan moving toward Fiji in the next few days, but Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources warned that the storm could turn around and strike Samoa again, ABC News Australia said. AccuWeather reported that the storm was almost stationary over eastern Upolu.
- ABC News Australia. (2012, December 13) Two killed as Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoa. Accessed December 13, 2012.
- Andrews, Jim. (2012, December 13) Cyclone Evan lashes Samoa, worst in 20 years. AccuWeather. Accessed December 13, 2012.
- Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Accessed December 13, 2012.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Michon Scott.
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