Cyclone Oma has now become a Category 2 storm and is heading towards New Zealand soon. The storm has a slow movement right now which means it will strengthen in the next few days. In fact, the storm has the potential of becoming a severe one as well. The system is also moving at a slow pace towards New Zealand.
Not only this, as per weather experts, the storm may also connect with a cold front from the southern direction, due to which rainfall may increase. During the beginning, shipping routes are likely to be affected while flights from the Australian region may go around the storm.
As per meteorologists, gale force winds of 75kmph in the next 12 to 24 hours may be of damaging nature to islands of Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampato in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.
The islands have been on red alert since yesterday and the alert remains in place for at least some time now. Through the weekend, rainfall may amount to 200-300 mm across the mountainous regions of the islands.
Strong winds may end up causing power outages and breakage of tree branches. People have been specifically asked not to venture out in the open waters in the islands as long as the storm stays close tp the area.
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