Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 23, 2018)
Location: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Potential Tropical Cyclone region-wide.
Event: A band of low pressure south of the equator is currently present.
A large low pressure system is forecast to significantly drop in pressure towards the coming weekend potentially forming a tropical cyclone to the south of the Solomon Islands and west of Vanuatu.
Irrespective of a cyclone forming or not, heavy rain with potential to cause flooding or landslides is forecast for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon islands over the coming weekend. Vanuatu and New Caledonia are forecast to be impacted by heavy rain caused by the low pressure system early Monday.
At this time the forecast path of the low pressure system is generally south with Fiji not directly impacted. However, weather forecasting is not an exact science. U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji or New Caledonia should monitor local weather forecasts closely over the coming weekend and prepare their residences and families for the potential of a Tropical Cyclone.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor the local news for updates.
- Seek secure shelter.
- Visit the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) for updated storm tracking information.
- U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Douglas Street, National Capital DistrictBefore the cyclone season Checklist
Open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F
Phone: +675-321-1455 or +675-321-0289
If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +675-7200-9439.
Web Page: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby
- State Department – – Consular Affairs
Phone: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444