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Lau Group on alert as Tropical Cyclone ULA passes through

Strong warnings remain for islands in the Lau Group as Tropical Cyclone Ula passes through the group. Tropical Cyclone Ula is a Category 3 cyclone currently located 110km from Kabara.  The cyclone is moving West-Southwest at about 16km/hr.  The cyclone is expected to have average winds of 150km/hr. At this track, the cyclone is expected […]

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January 3, 2016 4:05 pm

Strong warnings remain for islands in the Lau Group as Tropical Cyclone Ula passes through the group.

Tropical Cyclone Ula is a Category 3 cyclone currently located 110km from Kabara.  The cyclone is moving West-Southwest at about 16km/hr.  The cyclone is expected to have average winds of 150km/hr.

At this track, the cyclone is expected to lie about 150km south of Kebara at 7pm today.

Threat Track Map of Cyclone ULA as at 1.39pm today.  Source: Fiji MET.
Threat Track Map of Cyclone ULA as at 1.39pm today. Source: Fiji MET.

The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a Special Weather Bulletin at 1.39pm today:

A STORM WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR KABARA, NAMUKA, FULAGA, OGEA,
VATOA AND ONO-I-LAU.
A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR MOCE, ONEATA, MATUKU, TOTOYA AND
KOMO .
A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF LAU GROUP,
EASTERN VITILEVU, LOMAIVITI GROUP, KADAVU, TAVEUNI AND THE NEARBY
SMALLER ISLANDS AND EASTERN VANUA LEVU.
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ULA CENTRE [968HPA] CATEGORY 3 WAS LOCATED
NEAR 19.8 SOUTH 178.5 WEST OR ABOUT 110KM SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF KABARA
OR ABOUT 100KM NORTH-NORTHEAST OF ONO-I-LAU AT 1PM TODAY. THE CYCLONE
IS MOVING WEST-SOUTHWEST AT ABOUT 16KM/HR AND MAY INTENSIFY FURTHER. 
CLOSE TO ITS CENTRE, THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AVERAGE WINDS OF
150KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS TO 205KM/HR.
ON THIS TRACK, THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO BE LIE ABOUT 150KM SOUTH OF
KABARA OR ABOUT 65KM NORTHWEST OF ONO-I-LAU AT 7PM TODAY AND ABOUT
210KM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF KABARA OR ABOUT 90KM WEST OF ONO-I-LAU AT
1AM TOMORROW MORNING.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS MAY BEGIN SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE CYCLONE CENTRE
PASSES NEARBY OR OVERHEAD.
FOR KABARA,NAMUKA,FULAGA, OGEA, VATOA AND ONO-I-LAU:
DESTRUCTIVE STORM FORCE WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEED 105KM/HR AND
MOMENTARY GUST TO 155KM/HR. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY
THUNDERSTORMS. DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS WITH SEA FLOODING OF LOW LYING
COASTAL AREAS.
FOR MOCE, ONEATA, MATUKU, TOTOYA AND KOMO:
DAMAGING GALE FORCE WINDS WITH SPEEDS OF 75KM/HR AND MOMENTARY GUSTS
TO 100KM/HR. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND SQUALLY THUINDERSTORMS. 
DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS WITH SEA FLOODING OF LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS.
FOR THE REST OF LAU GROUP, EASTERN VITILEVU, LOMAIVITI GROUP, KADAVU,
TAVEUNI AND THE NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS AND EASTERN VANUA LEVU:
STRONG SOUTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS WITH AVERAGE SPEED OF 45KM/HR
GUSTING TO 65KM/HR. OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES.
FOR THE REST OF FIJI:
MODERATE TO FRESH WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS, GUSTY AT TIMES. OCCASIONAL
RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES.
The following information is provided especially for the mariners:
FOR LAU WATERS AND SOUTHERN KORO SEA:
EXPECT WINDS OF HURRICANE FORCE AND PHENOMENAL SEAS WITHIN 15
NAUTICAL MILES OF CENTRE. STORM FORCE WINDS AND VERY HIGH SEAS OUT TO
ABOUT 35 NAUTICAL MILES FROM CENTRE. GALE FORCE AND HIGH SEAS OUT TO
ABOUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES IN NORTHERN SEMICIRCLE AND 100 NAUTICAL
MILES IN SOUTHERN SEMICIRCLE FROM CENTRE . DAMAGING HEAVY SWELLS.
FOR THE REST OF FIJI WATERS:
WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 45 KNOTS. ROUGH
TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. MODERATE TO HEAVY SWELLS.

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