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Fiji Skype Interview: Joe Soecker

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical cyclone Tomas has been downgraded to a Category 3 Storm. But heavy rain and strong winds continue to batter the northern islands of Fiji.

The dangerous conditions included winds up to 130 mph with gusts at 175 mph.

Luckily there are no immediate reports of extensive damage. Fiji's main islands are expected to be spared the brunt of the storm.

Joe Soecker is in Suva right now, the capital of Fiji. He joins us live via Skype.

Some 6,000 residents were evacuated to shelters ahead of the storm.

Schools have been ordered to close until Thursday.

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