Tropical cyclone YASA is strengthening as it continues clockwise in the South Pacific Ocean, between Vanuatu and Fiji Islands. On 15 December at 0.00, its centre was located approximately 450 km east of Maewo Island (Vanuatu) and 580 km north-west of Yasawa Islands (Fiji), with maximum sustained wind of 157 km/h.
YASA is forecast to move south-east, passing between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu Islands (Fiji) on 17 December, with maximum sustained wind up to 215 km/h. After that, it will cross the Eastern Division islands on 18 December.
Heavy rain and strong wind warnings are in effect for Yasawa and Mamanuca group, eastern Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and are are forecast over most of Fiji and Vanuatu.
The situation is being monitored in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union and with the partners present in the field.