OCHA Flash Update #1: Fiji | TC Winston - 19 Feb 2016

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Dear colleagues,

This is the first OCHA Flash Update on Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Category 5 is now moving west from Tonga and is expected to reach Fiji’s Lau Islands tomorrow morning.

The Fiji Met Service says the cyclone is expected to maintain Category 5 intensity as it tracks west, directly over the centre of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu (pop 650,000).

The current path would take the cyclone just north of Suva (pop 100,000) overnight on Saturday/Sunday, reaching Nadi (pop 52,000) during the day on Sunday.

TC Winston is currently forecast to impact on all Fijian island groups over the weekend, potentially bringing destructive winds, heavy rains, dangerous storm surge and a high risk of both flash and river flooding.

Fiji Met Service threat map for TC Winston.

National and Divisional Emergency Operations Centres have been activated.

The UNOCHA Regional Office for the Pacific has offered Pacific Humanitarian Team support to the Fiji National Disaster Management Office if required.

A PHT meeting will be convened tomorrow morning to discuss preparations.

The next Flash Update will be issued tomorrow.

For further information, please contact the OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific:

Danielle Parry, Public Information Officer, +679 777 1433

Michael Arunga, Information Management Officer, +679 777 1877

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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