Weather: Tropical Cyclone Niran heads for New Caledonia

After menacing the coast of Far North Queensland in Australia for the past few days, Cyclone Niran has headed into the Coral Sea and is due to pass south of New Caledonia on Saturday March 6.

Published 2 years ago

Cyclone Niran’s predicted path.  Source:  Australian Bureau of Meterology.

Cyclone Niran brought strong winds, flash flooding and heavy rain to Queensland coastal areas from Cooktown to Innisfail as a Category 4 tropical Storm before intensifying into a Category 5 cyclone as it headed towards New Caledonia.

The New Caledonia weather office was already reporting winds of over 200kph as the storm tracked towards the island chain at 43kph.

New Zealand’s Weatherwatch website said heavier rain may impact Vanuatu as the cyclone helps pull down moisture laden tropical air southwards into the island group.

Dangerous seas will impact both Vanuatu and New Caledonia with the worst coming from the west. Wave heights may be over 13 metres near western New Caledonia and will penetrate into parts of Vanuatu with waves of up to eight metres for a time.

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