Cyclone Update (Pam, Nathan, Olwyn)

13 March 2015
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Vanuatu is warning of heavy rain and flash flooding, particularly in the low-lying areas areas, as Tropical Cyclone Pam bears down on the capital after becoming a category 5 storm.

Air Vanuatu has issued a statement announcing the closure of all airports and cancellation of all domestic and international flights until further notice.

The cyclone was moving slowly on a southerly track towards the Pacific nation this morning, with winds of about 215kph.

The storm is expected to produce winds of up to 280kph near its centre when it passes east of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, later tonight.

The Vanuatu Meteorological Service issued warnings for Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces, where "damaging winds and very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells" are expected.

 Image courtesy of Vanuatu Meteorological Service.

The nearby small nation of Kiribati has seen strong winds and rain causing wide-spread damage.  Some residential seawalls have collapsed causing intense flooding of locals homes.

The cyclone is not expected to make landfall in Vanuatu or Fiji however will now increase to a category five storm and bring heavy rain and very strong winds to parts of both island nations.

People in all areas of Fiji are being advised that heavy rain may bring flash flooding to the lower lying areas in the next 12 to 24 hours and shelter should be taken.

At this stage Fiji's Nandi International Airport is still open with flights able to arrive and depart but this is subject to change.

Cyclone Nathan

Tropical Cyclone Nathan is slowly moving offshore throughout today, although residents between Lockhart River and Cooktown remain in a severe weather warning zone.

It has remained a category two cyclone, with winds near the centre of 100kph and wind gusts up to 140kph.

At this time Cairns International Airport is still open with little disruption.

Cyclone Olwyn

Cyclone Olwyn is tracking in the upper West Australian coast, bringing destructive wind gusts and heavy rainfall to the Northwest Cape.

95kph winds have been recorded in the category three system south-south west of Coral Bay and approximately 100km north of Carnarvon this morning. Wind gusts up to 165kph are expected near Cape Cuvier extending to Carnarvon.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) chief forecaster Neil Bennett said the cyclone had not yet crossed the coast, but was likely to do so near Denham this evening.

Olwyn was looking ot be downgraded to a category one storm by Saturday morning and weakening into a tropical low. Perth is expected to be impacted by strong wionds, high tides and heavy rain as it passes through the south west.

 Image Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

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