Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston predicted to hit Fiji's southern Lau group

In the first week of January Cyclone Ula crossed the Lau group causing minor damage.

The Director of Meteorology said Cyclone Winston, lying to the south, was expected to turn towards Fiji waters after initially tracking southeast away from Vanuatu.

All clear for Vanuatu as Winston sets sights on Fiji

The category four cyclone, with winds of close to 165 kilometres an hour at its centre, was moving south-southeast to the west of the islands of Tanna, Futuna, Erromango, and Aneityum on Saturday.

Winston was expected to move south towards New Zealand on Saturday night, before moving to the east and back north towards southern Fiji by Sunday afternoon.

Tropical Cyclone Winston now a four

The cyclone is moving at 12 kilometres an hour and intensifying.

Expect sustained winds of 166 kilometres an hour close to the centre, increasing to 185 kilometres an hour later today.

In Fiji, a flood alert remains in force for all low lying areas along Rakiraki river, including Rakiraki town.

Cyclone Winston upgraded to a two

Cyclone Winston is moving in a south south-easterly direction and does not pose any threats to islands in the region at this point.

Winds close to its centre are expected to increase to over 110 kilometres an hour later today.

Cyclone forms between Vanuatu and Fiji

Cyclone Winston is not posing any threats to islands in the region at this point, but winds near its centre are expected to reach about 83 kilometres an hour by midnight tonight.

It is forecast to intensify tomorrow as it moves further south east between Vanuatu and Fiji.