Tropical Cyclone Gina forms near Vanuatu

A category one tropical cyclone named TC Gina has formed near Vanuatu and is expected to affect parts of the country from later today to tonight.

Occurring outside the tropical cyclone season, TC Gina is expected to bring with it 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.

“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,” the Fiji Met Office said in their latest update.

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

Chances are that TC Gina may intensify further into a category 2 system.

At this stage, Fiji Met says 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.”

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