Cyclone Kevin leaves trail of destruction in Vanuatu

STORY: The Pacific country, spread across 13 principal island, has already been battered by Cyclone Judy that hit the capital Port Vila on Wednesday (March 1) - cutting power and forcing some residents to evacuate.

Cyclone Kevin passed over Port Vila late on Friday (March 3) and was moving across the southern island province of Tafea on Saturday (March 4) morning, bringing wind gusts in excess of 143 miles per hour, according to the meteorology department.

All boats are advised to avoid going to sea, the department added.

A red alert is in effect for Tafea province, home to just over 30,000 people, according to the National Disaster Management Office.