Tropical Cyclone

Vanuatu issues warnings for new Tropical Cyclone

The Vanuatu Meteorology service has issue warnings for Tropical Cyclone Uesi, a Category 1 system.

Tropical Cyclone Uesi is about 395 km west southwest of Santo and is moving a south southwest direction at 26 km/hr.

Strong to gale force winds of 55 to 75 km/hr with gusts of 80 to 105 km/hr are expected over Northern and Central provinces within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Heavy rainfalls are expected throughout Vanuatu group today.

Storm approaching Fiji likely to be cyclone by midday Thursday

As of Wednesday afternoon, the disturbance was about 700km west of Rotuma and moving east.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Misa Funaki said people, especially in the maritime islands, were being warned to expect rough seas, heavy rain and strengthening winds.

"As [of Wednesday afternoon], it is still located about 1000km northwest of Nadi, it is slowly moving eastwards. Its current projections are projecting for it to head towards Vanua Levu, and we are looking at around Friday for this to occur.