Category 5

Tropical Cyclone Lola develops into category 5 super storm

A category 5 cyclone means average winds will surpass 198km/h.

Residents on Vanuatu's north-eastern islands were feeling the beginnings of the severe cyclone on Tuesday morning.

Fiji Metservice said parts of Vanuatu would be feeling gale force winds between 63-84 km/h.

Meteorologist Samisoni Waqavakatoga said strong force winds between 89 to 117 km/h would be felt about over Banks Islands about 6pm Tuesday local time.

Waqavakatoga said the eye of Lola was expected to be over Santo Island in the next 24 hours.

Trail of destruction slowly emerging after Cyclone Yasa smashes Fiji

After reaching category 5 ‘super’ status on Wednesday, Cyclone Yasa tracked further north than predicted and made landfall over Bua district on Vanua Levu.

Save the Children Fiji CEO Shairana Ali said:

“It’s still too early to know the extent of the impact, but we’re hearing reports Yasa destroyed entire villages in the north.

“There are collapsed buildings, trees snapped in half and debris strewn all over the ground. Schools have been damaged and roofs blown away.

Fiji Met Service warns of destructive power of Cyclone Yasa

The public is being warned to prepare to be hit by a devastatingly severe cyclone with impacts to be felt late Thursday and into Friday.

Cyclone Yasa is a category five storm, packing winds of up to 315 km/h.

Its forecast track has it moving across the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu as it snakes southeast.

Fiji Met Service forecaster Steven Meke said the public needed to prepare for the worst.

"The impacts will be devastating for Fiji.

Cyclone Harold bears down on Vanuatu, predicted to bring winds of 215kph

Cyclone Harold strengthened to a category five storm overnight, bringing winds of around 215 kilometres per hour near its centre.

Vanuatu Red Cross disaster management coordinator Augustine Garae said there had already been reports of heavy rains and flooding in the country's northern islands.

"Now safety is a priority, for people to find safe shelter before the cyclone makes landfall in their area," he said.

Cyclone Hola could go to category five

As it moves south west from Vanuatu's Malekula Hola is intensifying and forecasters say sustained winds of up to 165 kilometres should be expected.

They could increase to 203 kilometres an hour.

It is expected to move to the south east later and pose a threat for New Caledonia.

The Vanuatu weather office said damaging gale force winds of 75 kilometres an hour will continue through today to affect Malampa province while destructive storm force winds of 130 kilometres gusting to 160 kilometres are forecast over the next 24 hours.