Tweed family relieved Fijian relatives survived cyclone
A BANORA Point family is breathing a sigh of relief after receiving news their relatives in Fiji have survived the monster cyclone.
Megan Brasen, who spent part of her childhood in Fiji and whose brother and cousins still live in the Pacific archipelago, said she had been glued to social media, anxiously awaiting news of her relatives' safety.
"I was worried, I really wanted to know where it was going to hit because I've got one part of my family on one side of the island at Suva and then I've got family on the Nadi side aswell," Ms Brasen said.
"I saw a picture of where it was going right through the centre and it was affecting both areas so I was really worried about my family."
Ms Brasen said fortunately, her family was all fine and their homes had withstood the furious winds.
"It is quite normal over there to experience cyclones but this is probably the worst," Ms Brasen said.
"My brother, who has lived there all of his life, said this is the worst he has seen in his life.
"A lot of Fijians build their houses out of corrugated iron and sheds, so you can imagine if winds of that speed come through, it will just flatten the place."
Thought to be the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Winston struck the Pacific island nation on Saturday, leaving a path of devastation in its wake.
Latest information reported at least 29 people had died in the storm, with thousands of homes and entire villages wiped out by winds of up to 330km/hr.
Ms Brasen said her brother, Varinava Tiko, who works for the Red Cross in Fiji, was now focussed on doing what he could to help survivors.