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Cyclone Evan batters Fiji

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Local resident Pita Turgagaviti clears away branches from a tree that collapsed on top of a car shelter outside a house in Laucala Bay Road near Suva, Fiji on December 17, 2012 as a monster cyclone, Cyclone Evan, threatened the Pacific nation with "catastrophic damage" after causing devastation in Samoa.

By NBC News staff and wire reportsMore than 3,500 people evacuated to emergency shelters in Fiji as the biggest cyclone in 20 years swept across the Pacific island nation on Monday, three days after the storm killed four people and destroyed thousands of homes in nearby Samoa.

Tourist resorts on many of Fiji's palm-fringed islands have been evacuated and authorities warned people to remain under shelter as Tropical Cyclone Evan battered the country, blowing over trees and destroying houses. Read the full story.

Thousands of residents in Fiji and Samoa are in evacuation centers due to the devastating rain and wind gusts of Cyclone Evan battering the island nations. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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