In Vanuatu, some isolated communities went weeks without aid after Cyclone Harold. Foreign yachts in Fiji preparing for an expected four cyclones this season. Tropical Cyclone Yasa, currently the strongest storm on Earth, is headed for a potentially devastating landfall in Fiji within the next 24 hours. Whitaker and Cooper have joined hundreds of boaties stranded in the region to call on New Zealand to allow safe refuge there from the dangerous cyclone season. Here is #CycloneYasa, a category 1 tropical cyclone.Fiji Met is forecasting it to become a category 3 TC by Wednesday. But the long distances and closed borders that have helped to avoid outbreaks also complicate disaster responses. "If New Zealand said right now all you yachties who go to Fiji this season will be allowed to come back and you'll just quarantine on your boat and we'll do the same thing Fiji's doing, those yachties would've left. tracy.neal@rnz.co.nz. In Fiji, Cyclone Yasa is drawing comparisons to April’s Cyclone Harold, which rapidly intensified before battering parts of the country as well as northern Vanuatu. Fiji Met is … April is the end of the wet season so if there is a cyclone it would be very late in the season, it may rain but that is usually late in the afternoon when you get a tropical downpour that lasts for a short time then the sun comes out again so relax and enjoy your honeymoon. 7:39 am today. Some 600,000 people live … Fiji Flood Warning . Fiji Heavy Rain Alerts/Warning . Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall in Fiji this afternoon, slamming into the island of Vanua Levu packing winds of 240km/h equivalent to a category 4 hurricane on … Ahead of the cyclone season formally starting, the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS), Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), New Zealand's MetService and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research(NIWA) and various other Pacific Meteorological services, all contributed towards the Island Climate Update tropical cyclone outlook that was released during October 2020. The season extends between November 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 with the peak period usually from January to March. The South Pacific cyclone season usually starts in November and ends in April. SUVA, Dec 18 — Super cyclone Yasa flattened entire villages as it tore through Fiji, aid agencies said today, with one person reported dead as rescue workers raced to the worst-hit communities in isolated areas of Pacific island nation. Bula bel84. It can now clearly be seen on the linked sites posted above. The jury is still out on Cyclone Yasa. The storm is considered one of the strongest to ever hit the South Pacific. “We should all prepare now,” Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, warned on Tuesday. This prediction is from a joint modelling work between researchers from University of Newcastle and National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand. Fiji’s second most expensive cyclone was Tropical Cyclone Kina in January 1993, with $167 million in damage (2016 dollars). *The Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre was officially designated by WMO in June 1995 as a Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide "first-level" information in tropical cyclones (ie, basic information covering the tropical cyclones' present and forecast position, movement and intensity) in the South-West Pacific Ocean.