At around 10am this morning, Sev TC Harold made landfall on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.
It made landfall as a Cat 5 system with sustained winds of approximately 215km/hr close to its centre.
Islands in Vanuatu(especially those islands in Harold track) will experience Very destructive Hurricane force winds and phenominal seas.
The low lying coastal areas of Vanuatu will experience the Stormsurge associated with Harold from later this afternoon. So, please keep our friends and families in Vanuatu in our prayers.
As for Fiji, On the current track Sev TC Harold is expected to pass “just” to the southwest of the Fiji group from Wednesday. As Harold moves closer to Fiji, the associated rain bands with strong and gusty northerly windy conditions can be expected from Tuesday onwards before the center passes on Wednesday.This is initially over Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Western Half of Viti Levu and Kadavu.
It is therefore advisable that we prepare accordingly. Take the necessary steps to ensure that homes and properties are secure. Ensure that your compounds are cleared of all debris that could harm individuals and damage properties in the event of strong winds. For those who live along low lying flood prone areas, please be aware of your escape routes in the event of rising flood waters.
Attached is the satellite image showing the centre of Harold making landfall and the forecast track map.
The time stamp on the attached map is on UTC Time. To convert UTC Time into Fiji Standard Time, UTC Time + 12hrs. So 1800UTC on 05/04 is same as 6am on 06/04(6am this morning).