When NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South Pacific Ocean it recorded a noticeable picture of Hurricane Hola over Vanuatu.
On Mar. 8 at 0230 UTC (Mar. 7 at 9: 30 p.m. EST) the Noticeable Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite revealed the center of Hola lay southwest of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. The VIIRS image revealed a well-rounded flow center with bands of effective thunderstorms covering into the center. The VIIRS image revealed the northern and eastern quadrants of the storm crossed Vanuatu.
On March 8, cautions were in result in Vanuatu and a pre-alert was published for New Caledonia. In Vanuatu a cyclone caution is in force for Shefa province. In New Caledonia the area is on pre-alert, with the exception of Ouvéa, Maré and Lifou, which are on hurricane alert 1. The pre-alert is anticipated to be updated to inform 2 within a day.
At 4 a.m. EST (0900 UTC) on March 8, Hola’s optimum sustained winds were near 109 miles per hour (95 knots/175 kph). It was focused near 17.6 degrees south latitude and 165.4 degrees east longitude. That has to do with 166 nautical miles west of Port Vila, Vanuatu. Hola was relocating to the south-southwest at 4.6 miles per hour (4 knots/7.4 kph).
The Joint Tropical cyclone Caution Center anticipated require Hola to relocate to the south-southeast over the next couple of days. The storm will heighten to 115 knots east of New Caledonia. Hola is then anticipated to damage and end up being extra-tropical on technique to the North Island of New Zealand.
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