Information provided by regional and international weather forecast models indicate that a major storm system near New Zealand is pushing heavy swell waves up towards the tropical Pacific Islands today. This could cause coastal damage in Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, and Niue. Significant swell waves are also expected in Samoa, American Samoa, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna and Tuvalu. Waves of over four metres are possible around Fiji and Tonga.
The arrival of these swells will coincide with large spring tides and a full moon this weekend. Those who are in vulnerable areas at risk of coastal inundation during heavy swell events should contact their local meteorological service for more information.
The CBA asks its Pacific members and contacts to circulate this information, and recognises the vital role played by public broadcasters in the Pacific in preparedness for extreme weather emergencies.