Updated — Tropical Cyclone Harold is now a Severe Category 3 storm as it approaches Vanuatu slowly from the east to north east.
The storm is intensifying this weekend as it tracks directly towards the Vanuatu island group. A little bit like a bowling ball heading towards pins there is a chance the cyclone could miss a direct hit to an island and track in between them, but will still be close enough to still cause serious concern.
The capital Port Vila is also exposed to a direct hit but latest modelling is showing the cyclone tracking just a little further north of the main island – but this could still change in the 48 hours ahead.
With HAROLD tracking further north now, this does make Fiji a little more exposed but modelling still suggests that the bulk of the severe weather should be out to sea south of Nadi. Still, WeatherWatch.co.nz suggests those in both Vanuatu and Fiji pay close attention to local authorities.
New Caledonia has less of a risk now with Cyclone Harold tracking further north.
There is no threat to New Zealand.