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Fiji spared brunt of Cyclone Zena

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/04/2016

Cyclone Zena © Getty Images Cyclone Zena Fiji has been spared the brunt of Cyclone Zena as the local forecaster cancels a heavy rain warning and lowered the storm's rating.

The Fiji Meteorological Service removed the heavy rain warning early on Thursday morning as the storm, now rated a category two tropical cyclone, passed south of the main islands overnight and is now moving away from the country.

Some isolated thunderstorms and rain as a result of the storm are expected to continue until Thursday afternoon.

A 19-year-old girl along with a 70-year-old man were killed in the lead-up to Cyclone Zena according to local media.

Meanwhile, airlines with scheduled flights to Fiji are continuing to monitor the situation.

Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways cancelled Wednesday flights to Fiji as Cyclone Zena moved towards the Island nation, which has experienced torrential rains over the past two days.

Both airlines were operating scheduled services on Thursday although some flights were delayed.

Fiji is still recovering from February's Cyclone Winston, which killed 44 people.

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