Evacuation procedures have been put into place as a severe tropical cyclone batters the outer islands of Fiji, the country that will be hosting the upcoming cycle of Survivor seasons.
Tropical Cyclone Winston is on a destructive tear towards Fiji’s mainland with winds estimated at over 150 mph. The cyclone was recently raised to a category 5 on the Australia scale and is expected to reach Fiji’s most populated island, home to capital city Suva, by Saturday night. The cyclone hit Vava’u island in Tonga earlier this week and continued to pick up momentum as it passed back and forth over the same islands, reaching a category 4 rating. It only grew more powerful as it continued its erratic journey, eventually registering as a category 5.
According to the New Zealand Herald, several islands have already been evacuated and flights and sailings canceled. The Fiji Meteorological Office have warned residents to “Expect very destructive hurricane-force winds.” According to ABC.net, “storm warnings are in place for Lakeba, Oneata, Moce, Komo, Namuka, Ogea, Moala, the rest of Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands, Viti Levu, Yasawa and the Mamanuca group.”
The news is of particular interest to Survivor fans as seasons 33 and 34 are set to be filmed in the Mamanuca Islands. Various crew members are already on location preparing for the upcoming cycle which is scheduled to start shooting mid-March. Whether the effects of the storm will cause delays or problems in the Survivor production is unknown at this time.