South Pacific Islands brace for massive Tropical Cyclone Pam

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    17 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    57 minutes ago WARNING

  • Rainfall - Quebec, Québec, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - N of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Fog - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Kenora, Ontario, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Atlanta, GA Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 214 km E of Amahai, Indonesia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ouadda, Haute, Kotto, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Obo, Haut, Mbomou, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Diapaga, Tapoa, Burkina Faso

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Koundara, Boke, Guinea

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Kedougou, Tambacounda, Senegal

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - South Sandwich Islands region

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 37 km NNE of Sabang Indan, Philippines

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Heat - Uruguay

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - North Island, New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southern Finland

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 269 km S of Kencong, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Volga Basin, Russia and Kazakhstan

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Daan, Jilin, China

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pallasovka, Volgograd, Russia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huai He Basin, N of Huai He River, China

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, Hebei, China

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

    13 hours ago INFORMATION

  • High Wind - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amazon Basin, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Risaralda Department, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Sunset, Queensland, Australia

    16 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Nannup, Western Australia, Australia

    16 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, SW of Magdalena River, Colombia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Venezuela

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, NE of Cuyuni River, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carupano, Sucre, Venezuela

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Bulungan Basin, Indonesia and Malaysia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Hanjiang Xixi Basin, Philippines

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kapuas Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Pakchan Basin, Myanmar and Thailand

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Derby, Western Australia, Australia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, W of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia and Vietnam

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Jambi, Jambi, Riau and Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Tanzania

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Bangladesh and Myanmar

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, India and Bangladesh

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hai He Basin, SE of Daqing He River, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, Yangtze and Yalong Jiang Rivers, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Don Basin, N of Don River, Russia and Ukraine

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, S of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tamale, Northern, Ghana

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Jubba Basin, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orange Basin, SE of Orange River, Namibia and South Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, NW of Sutlej River, China, India and Pakistan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Bolama, Bolama, Guinea-Bissau

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amur Basin, Kherlen and Onon Rivers, Russia and Mongolia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nakdong Basin, China, South Korea and North Korea

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alto Rio Sanguer, Chubut, Argentina

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Golmud, Qinghai, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amur Basin, China and Mongolia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    20 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Daru, Western, Papua New Guinea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Nabire, Papua, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - South Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Stromboli, Italy

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 109 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Floods - Johannesburg City, South Africa

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Storms - Singapore

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 37 km S of Lambaréné, Gabon

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

March 12, 2015

In the Southwest Pacific Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Pam has been gradually intensifying, and is expected to strengthen further, reaching peak intensity on Saturday, March 14 (local time), into a category five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, as it barrels past Vanuatu towards northern New Zealand, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). TC Pam is producing dangerous seas, with reported maximum wave heights reaching 44 feet.

As of Friday, March 13, (local time), the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VGMD) issued a tropical cyclone warning for Torba, Sanma, Penama, Malampa, Shefa, and Tafea Provinces. Forecasters expect destructive storm force winds to impact Penama and Malampa, and the capital (and area of most concentrated population), Port Vila, in Shefa Province, which will strengthen to very destructive hurricane force winds in 6 to 12 hours. The provinces of Torba, Sanma, and Tafea will experience damaging gale force winds, with winds over Tafea Province increasing further in the next 12 to 24 hours, according to the VGMD. Additionally, all provinces will experience rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells, heavy to torrential rainfall and flooding, including flash flooding (anticipated in low-lying areas, and areas near river banks), landslides, and coastal flooding.

The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has the provinces of Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa on Red Alert, while a Yellow Alert is in effect for the provinces of Shefa and Tafea. The Government of Vanuatu continues to advise residents in these provinces to listen to all radio broadcasts for the latest information on TC Pam.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands continued a tropical cyclone warning for Temotu province, while watches remain in effect for the remaining provinces. The Fiji Meteorological Service weather bulletin includes continuing strong wind warnings, as well as a heavy rain warning for the island nation. New Zealand’s Meteorological Service has issued a severe weather watch for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty Rotorua, Gisborne, and Hawkes Bay, where residents can expect severe gales and/or heavy rain.

For more information on Tropical Cyclone Pam:
• Read an article about TC Pam’s approach towards the South Pacific Islands,
• View the most recent forecast by JTWC,
• Visit the Vanuatu Meteorological Services website,
• Visit the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service Division website, and
• Visit the Fiji Meteorological Service website, and
• Visit the website of the Meteorological Service in New Zealand. 

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