Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston 21 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. TC Winston made landfall in Viti Levu, Fiji earlier yesterday evening. Prior to landfall the estimated central pressure was 915hPa, with maximum winds near 230km/h.

Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston tracking across FIJI

By MetService meteorologist Emma Blades

All times are in New Zealand local time.

Today

Tropical Cyclone Winston was upgraded to a category five cyclone last night. This morning the centre tracked near to the Fiji Island of Vanua Balavu, where average wind speeds of 185km/h were recorded. Wind speeds even closer to the centre of the cyclone are estimated to average 220km/h, with momentary gusts likely to reach 315km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Winston Update 15 Feb 2016

By MetService Meteorologist Emma Blades

The centre of the severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was located about 360 km south-southwest of Ono-I-Lau or about 505 km south-southeast of Kaduva at 9 am today (Monday 15 February 2016). The cyclone is moving east-northeast at about 24 km/hr. Winds close to its centre are estimated to be around 120 km/hr, with gusts up to 170 km/hr.