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October 24, 2023

Location: Islands of Torba, Penama, and Sanma

Event:  The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard Department (VMGHD, http://vmgd.gov.vu) has issued a warning as Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lola approaches the archipelago.  As of 12:00 p.m. local time October 23, TC Lola remains stationary about 235 km northeast of Sola and 400 km north northeast of Luganville.  The VMGHD reports destructive hurricane force winds of 70 knots (130 km/hr or 80 Mph), gusting to 95 knots (185 km/hr or 115 Mph) within 35 nautical miles from the center of the system, which are expected to affect the islands of Torba, Penama, and Sanma in the next 48 to 72 hours.

The VMGHD further advises that heavy rainfalls with flash flooding are expected over low-lying areas and areas close to riverbanks, including coastal flooding over Vanuatu today and continuing tomorrow.  Very rough seas with heavy to phenomenal swells are expected over all Vanuatu waters.

U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media and government authorities throughout the duration of the storm.  U.S. citizens who experience an emergency during the storm may contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, at the contact information below.

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