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).