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Tourists flee cyclone Sina

SUVA: Several hundred tourists, many of them Aus tralians, have left a dozen small island resorts oft" Fiji's west ahead of tropical cyclone Sina, which was expected to hit last night.

A spokesman for the Fiji

Visitor's Bureau said the hoh daymakers were evacuated to the mainland as a precaution.

Boat and light plane ser vices to the island resorts stopped yesterday morning as seas and winds rose.

Fiji's National Weather Forecasting Centre at Nadi In ternational Airport said Sina's path would bring it toward the main island of Viti Levu and dangerously close to small re sorts and villages in the Ma manuca and Yasawa island groups.

A forecaster said Sina seemed to have reached its maximum strength with aver age winds at its centre of 70 kiiots gusting to 100 knots.

Storm-force winds were blowing within a 50-nautical mile radius and gales within 150 nautical miles.

"Quite a large area of Fiji could be hit with high winds," he said. "The small islands will be particularly vulnerable with strong winds and big seas.

— AAP

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