12 May 2017 - bulletin 259

Updated at 1540 GMT
Latest warnings for 19P


SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Ella / 19P
Warning 08 from JTWC at 1500 GMT
Position 13.6S 178.5W
Location 324 miles NE of Suva, Fiji
Movement 255° (WSW) at 4 knots
Maximum sustained winds 70 knots gusting to 85 knots
Comparative strength HURRICANE
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 25 to 60 miles of the centre
Winds of 64 knots or higher occur within 15 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Fiji
Maximum significant wave height 15 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 0300 GMT

Ella will move west to the north of Fiji. The storm will gradually weaken, until it dissipates within about two days or so.

Fiji warnings
A strong wind warning is in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby islands.

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