Tropical cyclone Pam moving southeast away from Vanuatu

March 14, 2015

At 1pm today, severe tropical cyclone Pam was located to the south of Vanuatu, about 170 nautical miles south of Port Vila, and about 200 nautical miles east northeast of Noumea in New Caledonia. At the time, Pam was estimated to have a central pressure of 900hPa, and sustained winds of around 250 km/h near the centre. 
The latest forecast track map was issued by RSMC Nadi at 2:18pm. The map shows Pam taking a southeast track to lie to the northeast of New Zealand on Sunday. Severe Weather Watches and Warnings have been issued for heavy rain, severe gales and dangerous coastal conditions over the north and east of the North Island. Please refer to the latest information issued by MetService for more information on its possible impact on New Zealand’s weather.

For further information please contact:
John Law Media and Communications Meteorologist (04)4700 754

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MetService issues Warnings, Watches and Outlooks for severe weather over New Zealand. 
Warnings are about taking action: 
* When severe weather is imminent or is occurring 
* Issued only when required 
* Recommendation: ACT 
Watches are about being alert: 
* When severe weather is possible, but not sufficiently imminent or certain for a Warning to be issued 
* Issued only when required 
* Recommendation: BE READY 
Outlooks are about looking ahead: 
* To provide advance information on possible future Watches and/or Warnings 
* Issued routinely once or twice a day 
* Recommendation: PLAN 
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