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World Tropical Cyclone Harold heads for Vanuatu

03:20  05 april  2020
03:20  05 april  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Tropical Cyclone Harold is the first of the season to head for Vanuatu . The most recent cyclone to cross central Vanuatu was in 2018 but at the strength of only a tropical storm. Harold is rapidly deepening and is forecast to hit the same area as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.

The future track will bring Harold towards Vanuatu archipelago while gradually intensifying this weekend into early next week. The system could potentially become a Severe Tropical Cyclone with 85-90 knots of maximum sustained winds with destructive winds and flooding over Vanuatu .

a group of people on a boat: Storm damage is seen in March 2015 in Port Vila, Vanuatu [File: Getty Images] © [File: Getty Images] Storm damage is seen in March 2015 in Port Vila, Vanuatu [File: Getty Images] Tropical Cyclone Harold is the first of the season to head for Vanuatu.

The most recent cyclone to cross central Vanuatu was in 2018 but at the strength of only a tropical storm. Harold is rapidly deepening and is forecast to hit the same area as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.

At least 24 passengers were reported missing in the Solomon Islands after a ferry sailed into Cyclone Harold's strong winds and violent seas on Friday morning. At least two dozen passengers were reported overboard, the report added.

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Tropical Cyclone Harold is currently a category 3 severe tropical cyclone , impacting the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu . The system was On 1st April

Pinhole eye develops with the Tropical Cyclone # HAROLD – heading for a potentially devastating Category 4 landfall on # Vanuatu on Tuesday. A rapidly strengthening Tropical Cyclone #IRONDRO in the South Indian Ocean. Spectacular ship tracks visible in the marine layer over the North Pacific

Harold is still strengthening and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted that rapid intensification is possible to hurricane strength. JTWC currently forecasts Harold to cross over Vanuatu on April 6 on its track to the southeast.

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Harold formed near the Solomon Islands and now threatens Vanuatu , which has already issued some warnings. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer On April 3 EDT (April 4 local time), the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Port Vila issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 4 on

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam was the second most intense tropical cyclone of the south Pacific Ocean in terms of sustained winds and is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the history

On April 3, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Port Vila, issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 4. The warning noted that destructive storm-force winds of 125kmph (78mph) with gusts up to 185kmph (115mph) within 75km (47 miles) of its centre are expected to affect Torba and Sanma.

In 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam crossed southern Vanuatu and went over the top of the capital Port Vila. 

According to UNICEF, at least 132,000 people were affected, including 54,000 children.

Approximately 95 percent of the homes on Tongoa were reportedly destroyed. 

Total damage in Vanuatu reached 63.2 billion vatus ($600m).

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