By Meteorologist Emma Blades    All times are in NZST

Current situation

Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Amos at midday 23 April 2016

TC Amos midday 23 April 2016

TC Amos was located about 95km north-northeast of Wallis Island, or 450km northwest of Apia, Samoa, at 6am 23 April 2016. At that time the central pressure was 965hPa and the sustained winds close to the centre were 148km/h; a category three tropical cyclone.

TC Amos is moving east at 11km/h and is intensifying. The winds are forecast to intensify in the next 12 to 24 hours as follows:

Forecast track

On its current track, the centre of TC Amos is expected pass across the southern coast of Savai'i Island during Sunday. The cyclone is expected to bring torrential rain and damaging wind and swells during its passage. The forecast track map from the Fiji Metservice is shown below.

Tropical cyclone warning number 37, issued by the Fiji Metservice at 8.40am on Saturday 23 April 2016 (times on chart in UTC)

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP

The forecast position of TC Amos to 6am Monday 25 April is given below.

TC Amos poses no threat to New Zealand. You can find the latest updates of tropical cyclone activity in the South Pacific on the MetService Tropical Cyclone Activity page.