[LIVE] Tropical Cyclone Hola Updates

9 March 2018

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TC Hola prints on Malekula Island dated 7 March 2018. Reports of collapsed houses, other structural damage on Vanuatu from Cyclone Hola. Roof blown off school.

8 March 2018 3.45am

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Unmet School, Malekula.


The picture shows a telecommunication tower broken on Malekula Island.

Category 4

Warning Number 10
At 5:00am local time today, Severe Tropical Cyclone HOLA [966hPa] Category 3 was located at 16.9 degrees South 166.1 degrees East. This is about 160 KM west southwest of Malekula and 250 KM west northwest of Efate. The system is positioned at the bottom left corner of square letter F, number 6 (F,6) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. In the past 3 hours, Severe Tropical Cyclone HOLA was moving in a southwest direction at 13 KM/HR (7 knots).

Warning Number 9

At 2:00am local time today, Tropical Cyclone HOLA [976hPa] Category 2 was located at 16.8 degrees South 166.4 degrees East. This is about 155 KM west southwest of Lamap and 225 KM west northwest of Efate. The system is positioned at the bottom centre of square letter F, number 6 (F,6) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. In the past 3 hours, Tropical Cyclone HOLA was moving in a southwest direction at 16 KM/HR (8 knots).

7 March 2018

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Warning Number 8
At 11:00pm local time today, Tropical Cyclone HOLA [980hPa] Category 2 was located at 16.5 degrees South 166.7 degrees East. This is about 120 KM west of Lamap and 215 KM northwest of Efate. The system is positioned at the centre of the square letter F, number 6 (F,6) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. In the past 3 hours, Tropical Cyclone HOLA was moving in a west southwest direction at 10 KM/HR (5 knots).
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Ranon Junior Secondary School this morning March 7th 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Bong.

Warning Number 7
At 8:00pm local time today, Tropical Cyclone HOLA [980hPa] Category 2 was located at 16.3 degrees South 167.1 degrees East. This is about 75 KM west of Lamap and 130 KM west northwest of Epi. The system is positioned at the top left hand corner of the square letter G, number 6 (G,6) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. In the past 3 hours, Tropical Cyclone HOLA was moving in a southwest direction at
7 KM/HR (4 knots).

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Damages in West Ambrym. Photo courtesy of Densly Mana and Andrew Tavi (AYTS).

Warning 6
At 5:00pm local time today, Tropical Cyclone HOLA [984hPa] Category 2 was located at 16.3 degrees South 167.2 degrees East. This is about 65 KM west northwest of Lamap and 120 KM west northwest of Epi. The system is positioned at the top left corner of the square letter G, number 6 (G,6) of the Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Tracking Map. In the past 3 hours, Tropical Cyclone HOLA was moving in a west direction at 18 KM/HR (10 knots).


Note the above chart may not correspond to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard warning positions plotted on the local Cyclone Tracking Map.

A thunderstorm has hindered power services in Luganville which also affects the telecommunication networks around Sanma Province.

Warning Number 4
07/03/18 12:00PM TROPICAL CYCLONE HOLA (Cat 2) at top left corner of H,6. Destructive storm winds over Pentecost, Ambrym, Malekula, Paama, Shepherd’s. Gale winds, flooding, very rough seas over PENAMA, MALAMPA, SANMA AND SHEFA.
A glimps of Lakatoro, North east of Malekula today 7th March 2018. Photo by Renate Wokon Siworworkon
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The damages by Cyclone Hola damage at Ranwadi in Central Pentecost. Photo credit: Andrew Gray

Cyclone Hola nears #Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Hola was named by Fiji Meteorological Service early this morning. It is currently category 2, lying east of Vanuatu.

It is expected to move over Vanuatu, before re-curving to head southeast into NZ waters.

The category 1 Tropical #CycloneHola, is bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to #Vanuatu’s Pentecost, Ambrym, Paama and Epi Islands this morning.

The storm is expected to strengthen over the next several days.

Vanuatu cyclone forecast map showing a worrying course towards the capital Port Vila. Hopefully remains a tropical low. http://www.vmgd.gov.vu/vmgd/index.php/forecast-division/tropical-cyclone/track

#Vanuatu Meteo has issued its first advisory concerning tropical low Hola, which is expected the pass over the Shepherd islands and Efate tomorrow morning.

At this point in time, the Government informs its Port Vila residence that the municipal election will go ahead as planned.

On March 6, 2018 at 0825 UTC the GPM core observatory satellite flew above east of Vanuatu and its GPM’s Dual Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) scanners revealed that convective storms were dropping extremely heavy rainfall on the eastern edge of the forming tropical cyclone’s low level center.

DPR indicated that rain was falling at a rate of over 241 mm (9.5 inches) per hour in this area.

It is travelling west south west at eight knots and is expected to pass over Vanuatu today.

The system is generating winds of up to 65 kilometres an hour forecast to strengthen to about 84 kilometres per hour later today.

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