7 May 2017 - bulletin 244

Updated at 1650 GMT
Latest warning for 18P

Tropical cyclone Donna / 18P
Warning 16 from JTWC at 1500 GMT
Position 15.5S 164.8E
Location 241 miles WNW of Port Vila, Vanuatu
Movement 170° (S) at 9 knots
Maximum sustained winds 95 knots gusting to 115 knots
Comparative strength HURRICANE
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 130 to 190 miles of the centre
Winds of 64 knots or higher occur within 25 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Vanuatu, New Caledonia
Maximum significant wave height 27 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 2100 GMT

Donna is moving south, and will slowly curve round onto a southeasterly course. This will take the storm past Vanuatu, whilst intensifying to 100 knots by tomorrow. The storm will then pass north of New Caledonia whilst weakening. Donna will become extra-tropical after 2-3 days.

Vanuatu warnings
A tropical cyclone warning is current for Torba and Sanma and Malampa
A RED alert is in force for Torba Sanma and Malampa
A YELLOW alert is in force for Penama
A blue alert is in force for Shefa province

New Caledonian warnings
A cyclonic pre-alert is in force for the entire territory.
Tomorrow, at 8 am local time, cyclonic alert level 1 will come into force for the provinces Nord, Ouvéa and Lifou, and by 14.00 local time for the Sud and Maré provinces.

Update from 0600 GMT
System No Invest Assigned (NIA-E)
Position 10N 90W
Likelihood of tropical cyclone formation within 48 hours is LOW (0%)
Likelihood of tropical cyclone formation within 5 days is MEDIUM (50%)

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