Tropical Cyclone Victor Named

by Meteorologist Claire Flynn

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time.

While ex-TC Ula fades away to the north of New Zealand, another tropical cyclone has been named in the tropics - Tropical Cyclone Victor (TC Victor). TC Victor was named by RSMC Nadi on January 15th, centred at the co-ordinates 14.7S, 166.3W, about 475 km east of American Samoa.  Since then, the cyclone has tracked to the southwest.

Tropical Cylone Tuni passes Samoa and is tracking southeast

By Emma Blades, Meteorologist Tropical depression TD03F was upgraded to a category one cyclone yesterday evening and named Tropical Cyclone (TC) Tuni by the Fiji Met Service. On Saturday evening TC Tuni passed to the southwest of Samoa. Radio New Zealand reported that Samoa had been battered by torrential rain on Saturday evening with reports of flash flooding across the island of Savai’i. At 7.00am this morning (New Zealand local time), TC Tuni had a central pressure of 993hPa and was positioned 160km southwest of Samoa.