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Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia – Tropical Cyclone Winston Update (GDACS, JTWC, Fiji Met. Services, Vanuatu Met. Services, New Caledonia - Meteo France, WMO, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 February 2016)

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  • TC WINSTON continued moving south-east and then turning south-west between the islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, weakening. On 24 February at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 550 km south-west of Kadavu island (Fiji), 540 km south-east of Tafea province (Vanuatu) and 640 km east of La Roche (New Caledonia), and it had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h.

  • Over the next 24 h it is forecast to move south-west weakening further. Heavy rain and winds may affect some areas of Fiji as well as the province of Tafea (Vanuatu) and eastern New Caledonia.

  • Heavy rain has been affecting some areas of Fiji and New Caledonia, with approx. 50 mm of rain in 24 h recorded in Nausori (Viti Levu, Fiji) and 106 mm in La Roche (New Caledonia) over 23-24 February. Local media report at least 42 people dead, over 100 injured, one missing and over 34 000 evacuated in Fiji, as of 24 February early morning (UTC).