Tropical Cyclone in Solomon Islands
Cyclone Ului continued to undergo rapid intensification yesterday morning and early afternoon. The centre of Cyclone Ului was located 128 kms southeast of Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands at 0800UTC yesterday. Most models are forecasting Cyclone Ului to continue on a generally westerly course just to the south of the Southern Solomon Islands and then on toward the Louisiade Archipelago in Southeast Papua New Guinea. A Tropical Cyclone Warning has been in effect for the Solomon Islands provinces of Makira, Rennell/Bellona, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Central and Western, and a Tropical Cyclone Watch is in place for Isabel and Choiseul Provinces including the Shortland Islands. No damages have been reported from Rennel and Bellona so far. Rennell and Bellona, Temotu, Makira and southern Guadalcanal provinces experienced strong winds, heavy rain, storm surges and very rough seas. It has been reported that a significant storm surge in Makira late on Saturday night resulted in evacuations and damage to several villages but no casualties.