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Tropical Cyclone Gina Forms East Of Vanuatu – Poses No Direct Threat to The Fiji Group

Tropical depression 11F intensified into a category 1 system and named Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gina (Gee-nah) at 6am today while located just to the east of Vanuatu. TC Gina has formed outside of the tropical cyclone season.
19 May 2022 12:54
Tropical Cyclone Gina Forms East Of Vanuatu – Poses No Direct Threat to The Fiji Group
Figure 1: Forecast track map of Tropical Cyclone Gina (Category 1) issued at 7.30am today, 19th May 2022.

Tropical depression 11F intensified into a category 1 system and named Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gina (Gee-nah) at 6am today while located just to the east of Vanuatu. TC Gina has formed outside of the tropical cyclone season.

The tropical cyclone is currently slow moving with 40 knots winds observed close to the centre. TC Gina is expected to gradually track south-westwards towards Vanuatu.

Damaging gale force winds of sustained 75 kilometres per hour gusting up to 120 kilometres per hour is expected to affect Ambrym Island, Pentecost Island and the southern parts of Vanuatu as the cyclone tracks closer, from later today to tonight.

 

Winds of this strength can cause significant damage to houses of very light materials and old galvanized iron roofs blown off.

It also poses a risk of disruption in communication networks and power supply due to damaged power lines.

Winds can also break small trees with most plants and crops being damaged.

 

Rainfall of more than 120 millimetres per hour is also expected over the above mentioned areas of Vanuatu.

There is a chance TC Gina may intensify further into a category 2 system.

TC Gina poses no direct threat to Fiji.

However, an associated trough of low pressure is expected to affect the group. Occasional showers currently prevail over the greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu area, Cakaudrove and Taveuni.

 

Cloudy periods with some showers over other parts of Fiji, becoming occasional from later tonight.

The current situation is closely monitored.

Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information.

 

For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.

You can also visit the Fiji Meteorological Service official Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for latest updates.

 

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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