Cyclone Vania

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Tropical Cyclone Vania
Category 2 tropical cyclone (Aus. scale)
Tropical storm
Vania 13 January 2011.jpg
Tropical Cyclone Vania on January 13, 2011
Formed January 5, 2011
Dissipated January 18, 2011
(extratropical after January 15, 2011)
Highest winds 10-minute sustained: 100 km/h (65 mph)
1-minute sustained: 100 km/h (65 mph)
Lowest pressure 973 mbar (hPa); 28.73 inHg
Fatalities None reported
Areas affected Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand
Part of the 2010–11 South Pacific cyclone season

Tropical Cyclone Vania (RSMC Nadi designation 03F, JTWC designation 05P) was the third depression and first tropical cyclone of the 2010–11 South Pacific cyclone season.

Meteorological history[edit]

Map showing the path of the storm; the points indicate the storm's position and intensity at six-hour intervals, and are colored using the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale.

During January 5, 2011, RSMC Nadi reported that Tropical Disturbance 03F, had developed about 130 km (80 mi) to the northeast of Nadi, Fiji.[1] Over the next few days the disturbance gradually developed further before RSMC Nadi classified it as a tropical depression early on January 9.[2] On January 11, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center initiated warnings on the system and monitored it as Tropical Cyclone 05P.[3] On the Next day, RSMC Nadi upgraded the depression into a Category 1 tropical cyclone and named it "Vania".[4] Later that day, RSMC Nadi reported that Vania had intensified into a Category 2 tropical cyclone.[5] Early the next day, RSMC Nadi upgraded Vania into a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone.[6] Later that day, RSMC Nadi reported that Vania started weakening and downgraded it into a Category 2 tropical cyclone.[7] Subsequently, it was downgraded to a category 1 tropical cyclone on January 14.[8] On January 15, JTWC issued their final warning on the system.[9] Soon, issuing their final advisory, RSMC Nadi downgraded Vania into a Tropical Depression.[10]

Preparations and impact[edit]

While it was active Cyclone Vania affected Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. Due to the impact of this storm, the name Vania was retired from the lists of tropical cyclone names and was replaced with Vanessa.[11]

Fiji[edit]

In Fiji, heavy rains associated with the initial disturbance brought significant flooding to many islands. Several roads were temporarily shut down due to rising waters, though no homes were affected.[12] Although the center of Vania continued to move away from Fiji, the storm's outer bands brought continued rainfall to the country.[13]

Vanuatu[edit]

As the storm passed through Vanuatu, winds of 140 km/hr affected Tafea Province, and contact with this group of islands was lost. Many buildings were damaged and trees were felled.[14][15]

New Caledonia[edit]

Within 24 hours of the storm's arrival in New Caledonia, a large magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Loyalty Islands within the archipelago.[16] Media reported that extreme wind gusts up to 225 km/h (140 mph) were felt in the region.[17] Damage totaled to $11 million (2011 USD).[18]

Norfolk Island and New Zealand[edit]

The residents of New Zealand were informed about the low that would strike the country. They were informed about tropical moisture that could be pulled into the country by the low.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RSMC Nadi — Tropical Cyclone Centre (January 5, 2011). "Tropical Disturbance Summary January 5, 2011 23z". Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ RSMC Nadi — Tropical Cyclone Centre (January 9, 2011). "Tropical Disturbance Summary January 9, 2011 06z". Fiji Meteorological Service. Archived from the original on January 9, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "JTWC Tropical Cyclone 05P Warning 01". Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Severe Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "JTWC Tropical Cyclone 05P Warning 01". Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "RSMC Nadi Tropical Disturbance Summary for Former Tropical Cyclone Vania". RSMC Nadi. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  11. ^ RA V Tropical Cyclone Committee (December 12, 2012) (PDF). List of Tropical Cyclone Names withdrawn from use due to a Cyclone's Negative Impact on one or more countries (Tropical Cyclone Operational Plan for the South-East Indian Ocean and the Southern Pacific Ocean 2012). World Meteorological Organization. pp. 2B-1 - 2B-4 (23 - 26). Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/tcp/documents/TCP24_RAVOpPlan_2012.pdf. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Tokasa Rainima, Watisoni Butabua and Roneel Lal (January 9, 2011). "Heavy rain causes flood in Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua". Fiji Village. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ Sneh Chaudhry (January 12, 2011). "Vanuatu cyclone causing rain in Fiji". Fiji Village. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ Staff Writer (January 13, 2011). "Still no contact with cyclone-hit Vanuatu province". Radio New Zealand International. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Cyclone set to bring winds and rain to NZ". APN Holdings NZ Limited. January 14, 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Magnitude 7.0 - Loyalty Islands". United States Geological Survey. January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ Staff Writer (January 14, 2011). "Cyclone rips South Pacific". Safety At Sea. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ Unattributed (January 21, 2011). "Lengthy repair expected for New Caledonia roads after Vania". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Stormy weather in store for NZ". APN Holdings NZ Limited. January 15, 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 

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