Monday, 8 May 2017

Category 5 cyclone in South Pacific

Cyclone Donna now category 5, breaks global record


The increase comes amid powerful wind gusts and a drop in air pressure (NASA)


8 May, 2017
A tropical cyclone that's currently passing over the Pacific Islands has had its rating increased to Category 5, according to US government data.
The increase makes Cyclone Donna the most powerful Southern Hemisphere cyclone ever recorded in May.
Wind gusts of up to 260km/h have contributed to the increase, with air pressure dropping overnight in Fiji to 948hPa - and CNN says it could now be even lower

Cyclone Donna is expected to weaken as it heads towards New Caledonia over the next two days.

Vanuata's Torba province was ravaged by the storm over the weekend, with homes and other buildings damaged.

The cyclone briefly doubled back on Saturday night, bringing severe winds and flooding to Vanuatu's northern islands before continuing its trajectory southwest.

Red Cross Vanuatu coordinator Dickinson Tevi told Newshub on Sunday the islands are experiencing major issues with water access and quality, after supplies in the north were contaminated during heavy downpours.

Access to fresh food is also anticipated to be a significant problem for the Pacific Island's affected areas.





Weatherwatch.co.nz said according to CNN's Severe Weather Team Donna now had sustained winds of 215km/h gusting up to a ferocious 260km/h making it the strongest May cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.
It eclipses Tropical Cyclone Nadu which struck in 1986.
New Caledonia is next in Donna's firing line as the vicious storm heads south but it's still not clear if it will bring havoc to our shores.
The Fiji MetService is yet to officially confirm any change in storm category. New Zealand's MetService says the Fijian weather agency is responsible for the cyclone and there is not expectation the storm will be upgraded in the its next update due at 1pm.
As Donna ramps up, forecasters are closely watching its projected path across the Pacific.
While it's expected to weaken as it moves down towards New Zealand both MetService and Weatherwatch.co.nz say it's unlikely there will be a direct hit.
But there was an outside chance of it colliding with a spell of bad weather from Australia due to hit the country late Thursday.
Even if it passed by it was also likely to cause big swells and bring rain to parts of the country.

The tropical cyclone that has been battering Vanuatu has been upgraded to the highest category.


Watch NZH Focus: Tropical Cyclone Donna upgraded to category 5


Forecasters say it won't be until midweek that they'll have the best idea of when, or if, Donna will pose any major problems.
Donna is currently buffeting Vanuatu where entire villages in the northern Torres group have sought shelter in caves. Elsewhere parts of Vanuatu's capital Port Vila have been submerged after heavy rain flooded low-lying areas.
Though hasn't reached Efate, heavy rain has caused severe flooding in low lying communities in the country's capital of Port Vila.
 
Roofs have been lifted and buildings destroyed as Donna carves a trail of destruction across islands in the Torba province. Authorities are warning residents across central Vanuatu islands to get ready to go to shelter.
leaves trail of destruction in the islands of the Torba province in . Yellow alert has been issued for Shefa province.
 
Floodwaters have left homes in ruins carving large chunks of land from properties in Port Vila.
Community members behind Tagabe, Port Vila, are forced to relocate their homes after heavy rain & flooding caused landslides in the area.
Weatherwatch.co.nz said after a "bouncy" tracking at the end of last week the tropical cyclone had finally turned south after waiting for the fine weather parked over New Zealand to leave.
Donna is expected to track past Noumea early Wednesday morning.
The cyclone would likely weaken once it left New Caledonia but could link up with a low crossing the country and bring incredibly heavy downpours.
There was also a chance the remnants of Donna could develop into a new low pressure system east of the North Island and deepen further.
MetService says Donna poses no immediate risk to New Zealand.

TC Donna not moved much since yesterday, but still expected to pass close to New Caledonia+Vanuatu. Low system to W getting closer to NZ ^TA
The next major weather feature coming our way was a complex trough currently south of Adelaide and expected to cross New Zealand later this week bringing widespread rain and strong winds.
MetService said there was a slim chance of interaction between the trough and the remnants of Donna but it was too far off and there were many other possible scenarios.


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