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Vanuatu, New Caledonia – Tropical Cyclone Oma Update (GDACS, JTWC, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, NDMO, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 13 February 2019)

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  • Tropical Cyclone OMA continued east over the northern Coral Sea toward northern Vanuatu. On 13 February at 0:00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 60 km north-west of Espiritu Santo Island (Sanma Province, northern Vanuatu) and 435 km north-west of Port Vila (southern Vanuatu), with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h (tropical storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to strengthen slightly as it continue south-east, before making landfall over north-west Espiritu Santo Island in the afternoon of 13 February with maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h (tropical storm). It may pass over southern Espiritu Santo and Malakula Islands on 14-15 February with a similar projected wind speed.
  • Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over northern and central islands of Vanuatu.
  • As of 13 February, a Red Alert is in effect for Torba, Sanma, Penma and Malampa Provinces and a Yellow alert for Shefa Province and the capital Port Vila.