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Cyclone Lusi kills Anglican priest in Vanuatu

Posted on: March 12, 2014 3:05 PM
Cylone Lusi
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Related Categories: cyclone, Melanesia, Vanuatu

[Island Business] Cylone Lusi has already claimed one life in North Pentecost.

Confirmed reports from relatives in Port Vila say an Anglican priest, Father Austin Hinge, died when hit by a fallen branch of a tree blown down by strong wind from the depression that later developed into cyclone Lusi.

Reports say Father Hinge was returning to his villlage of Lavusi when strong winds caused by cyclone Lusi broke a tree branch that fell on him and allegedly killed him on the spot.

Meanwhile, there has been little change to Tropical Cyclone Lusi's path, Fiji MET director Alipate Waqaicelua confirmed.

Waqaicelua says cyclone Lusi was located 255km NNW of Port Vila and 1060 km WNW of Nadi and it has not changed its path, continuing ESE at eight kilometres per hour.

“It is still a category one at this stage with sustained winds of 45knots and it is still sitting over northern Vanuatu.”

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