Latest Update on Tropical Cyclone Pam

March 15, 2015

At 1am this morning (NZ local time) Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam was located over waters about 500km southeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, moving quickly south-southeast at 45 km/h. TC Pam is still a category 5 cyclone,but has begun a weakening trend. However, winds near the centre are still estimated to be over 200 km/h.

The latest forecast track issued by RSMC Nadi shows TC Pam taking a southeast track to the north of New Zealand today and tomorrow. As TC Pam moves southeast over cooler waters it should continue to weaken, but will still be an intense storm with hurricane force winds near the centre out to midnight tonight.

TC Pam has now moved into the Wellingon Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre area of responsibility, so future cyclone tracks will be issued by MetService. The system is expected to bring heavy rain, severe gales and high seas to parts of the North Island. Please refer to the latest severe weather warnings and watches issued by MetService for more information.

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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