Cyclone Gita brought winds of up to 275 km per hour and heavy rain across Ono-I-Lau and Vatoa, Fiji's southernmost islands, knocking out communications, although Fiji's National Disaster Management Office said early reports showed limited damage.
"The only reports received of damage to homes are from Ono-i-Lau. Three homes have been completely destroyed and four damaged. Overall, damage to infrastructure has been minimal," Anare Leweniqila, director of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office, told Reuters.
Leweniqila said crops on both islands had been damaged, but Fiji's most populated centres escaped serious harm as Cyclone Gita passed south of Fiji's capital, Suva.
Forecast tracking by Tropical Storm Risk had the cyclone moving westwards and then heading south, avoiding New Caledonia.
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