December 30 2012 – Tropical Storms “Freda” and “Mitchell” are driving thousands to flee – Salomon Island
The Tropical Storm “Freda” in the Solomon Islands has driven thousands of people to flee because of floods and torrential rains and uprooted trees. The cyclone had become a “very destructive” storm with peak gusts of over 230 kilometers per hour. The storm could already reach today the Fijis. The storm is expected on New Year’s in New Caledonia. The Solomon Islands are an island nation in the southwest Pacific, located east of Papua New Guinea. At this point in time a lot of damaged houses in the Solomon Islands region but no reports of injuries. The BOM are reporting in their update Tropical Cyclone Freda has moved into the Coral Sea forecast area and is currently located near 12.6S 159.8E. It is expected to develop further and move in a general southerly direction. This system will remain well away from the
Queensland coast and poses no direct threat to Australia.