Red Alert in Vanuatu as Cyclone ULA Approaches
Posted by feww on January 10, 2016
Cat 4 ULA packing winds of 175 km/hr continues to intensify
Vanuatu government has issued a red alert for the Tafea province, urging residents to stay indoors as powerful Cyclone ULA approaches the country’s southern portion.
TC Warning issued by meteo.gov.vu
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 11 for TAFEA province. Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 11 issued by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Port Vila at 8:54pm VUT Sunday 10 January 2016 for TAFEA province. At 8:00pm local time, Severe Tropical Cyclone Ula (941 hPa) Category 4 was located at 20.8 degrees South 170.5 degrees East. The Severe Tropical Cyclone is positioned at the bottow center of square letter J, number 10 (J,10) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. This is about 95 KM southeast of Aneityum and 190 KM southeast of Tanna. Severe Tropical Cyclone Ula has moved in a southwest direction at 14 KM/HR in the past 3 hours. Winds close to the center are estimated at 175 KM/HR and continue to intensify. Expected position of the system in the next 6 hours will be near 22.6 degrees South 170.0 degrees East. Damaging Strong to Gale force winds of 65 to 75 KM/HR will continue to affect Anietyum, Futuna and south of Tanna tonight and slowlt decreasing as Tropical cyclone Ula slowly moves southwards. Forecast Positions Date and Time Position Intensity +06 hours (2am, 11 Jan) 21.6S, 170.1E 95 KTS (175 KM/HR) +12 hours (8am, 11 Jan) 22.6S, 170.0E 90 KTS (165 KM/HR) +18 hours (2pm, 11 Jan) 23.6S, 170.0E 90 KTS (165 KM/HR) +24 hours (8pm, 11 Jan) 24.8S, 170.3E 90 KTS (165 KM/HR) +36 hours (8am, 12 Jan) 27.2S, 171.5E 90 KTS (165 KM/HR) +48 hours (8pm, 12 Jan) 29.3S, 173.4E 80 KTS (150 KM/HR) Heavy rain and possible flooding in low lying areas and areas close to the river banks including coastal flooding are expected. Very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells are also expected. The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) advises that RED Alert is still in effect for TAFEA province. For action on this alert, call NDMO on 22699 or 33366. The next warning on Severe Tropical Cyclone Ula will be issued at 12:00am. Therefore, people over TAFEA are advised to continue to listen to all Radio Outlets to get the latest information on this system. This warning is also available on VMGD's website www.meteo.gov.vu
Last March Cyclone PAM tore through Vanuatu’s south islands, killing or injuring dozens of people, leaving about 50,000 people homeless and destroying 90 percent of their crops.