White Island death toll at 5, with 8 still missing + latest forecast


UPDATED 8:10am --- The death toll at White Island / Whakaari in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty region remains at five following Mondy's eruption but more remain missing. 

There have been reports overnight of no signs of life on the island. The death toll is likely to rise today with Police confirming reports of eight people remaining missing. They used aerial helicopters overnight and found "no signs of life" on the island.

GeoNet last night took down all their webcams on the island showing the 2:11pm eruption.

Our GeoNet page still has the camera from Whakatane looking out to White Island - you'll find it here: www.WeatherWatch.co.nz/GeoNet

WeatherWatch.co.nz says winds are stronger today and will be blowing from the South East direction. It should be dry today despite a few light showers tracking by overnight around White Island.  There were some offshore thunderstorms last night too, well north of the island.

The stronger winds today may make for choppier seas, with swells of 1 to 1.5 metres forecast.

There is a no fly zone over the island according to NZ Police.

TUESDAY 12 NOON WINDS
Red circle indicates White Island and arrows show current and forecast wind direction across Tuesday on the volcanic island.

12NOON INFOGRAPHIC:

12NOON WIND SPEEDS:
MONDAY'S ERUPTION, 9 MINS AFTERWARDS:

 - WeatherWatch.co.nz