Location: Pacific Ocean / Southwest Pacific Basin
Event: Tropical Cyclone Season in the South Pacific Ocean began November 1, 2020 and ends on April 30, 2021.
The New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) forecasts that 8 to10 named tropical cyclones could occur in the Southwest Pacific Basin between now and April 2021.
The U.S. Embassy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that U.S. citizens in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu make preparations for cyclone season now.
Actions to Take:
- See NIWA’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the 2020-2021 Season.
- Regularly monitor the Joint Typhoon Warning Center website, as well as meteorological services for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, all of which issue their own local warnings about specific weather events.
- Follow guidance from respective national meteorological agencies and local authorities for storm warnings and potential evacuation guidance in the event of a tropical cyclone.
- Visit the Department of State’s Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclonespage for general information and travel advice.
- Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. For more information see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/your-health-abroad/insurance-providers-overseas.html
- U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Phone number: +675 308 2100
- U.S. Consular Agency in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Phone number: + 677 23426 or + 677 74 94731
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
- U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs
Phone number: +1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444
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