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.
On this track, the centre of the cyclone is expected to be located about 135 km south of Ono-I-Lau or about 450 km southeast of Kaduva at 9pm today, and about 170 km east of Ono-I-Lau or about 515 km southeast of Kaduva at 9am tomorrow.
The Fiji MetService forecast path shown below is the Nadi's best estimate of the cyclone's future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks.
Tropical Cyclone Winston 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.