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TC Winston located Northeast of Ono-I-Lau

February 19, 2016 1:29 am

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston category 4 was located about 650km northeast of Ono-I-Lau or about 550km east of Lakeba at 9am.

The cyclone is moving west at about 13km/hr.

Close to its centre, the cyclone is estimated to have average winds of 175km/hr and momentary gusts to 250km/hr.

On this track, the cyclone is expected to be located about 360km east-northeast of Lakeba or about 485km northeast of Ono-I-Lau at 9pm about 160km east of Lakeba or about 350km north-northeast of Ono-I-Lau at 9am tomorrow.

A gale warning remains in force for the Lau group.

A tropical cyclone alert remains in force for the Lomaiviti group, Taveuni, Eastern half of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.

A strong wind warning remains in force for the Lomaiviti group, Taveuni, Eastern half of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby islands.

A damaging heavy swell warning remains in force for the low lying coastal areas of Lau and Lomaiviti group, Taveuni, eastern half of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby islands.

Damaging to destructive winds may begin several hours before the cyclone centre passes over head or nearby.