An intense Tropical Cyclone #Harold is now ejecting its final land destination – Tonga, which was badly hit as well, similar as Fiji yesterday. There has been a remarkable wind destruction and flooding reported from Vanuatu islands and Fiji archipelago (Viti Levu and Kadavu islands). Harold will now move away and begin its rapid decaying phase and dissipate until the weekend.

Satellite imagery this morning while Harold is passing south of Tonga:



Latest Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT) analysis indicates Harold still has around 105 knots of sustained winds and pressure around 944 mbar. But its strength is finally weakening in the past hours. It will continue with a furthermore rapid weakening in the coming days. Harold has 65-90 miles of 50-knot wind radii and still 30-50 miles of hurricane-force 64-knot wind radii. It has just passed Tonga island with the full force of a strong Category 4 (based on Tonga Met. Office) / low-end Category 5 (based on Fiji Met. Office):

A significant damage from winds and flooding across Vanuatu:







And also significant wind damage and flooding across Fiji arhipelago:




Here is the comparison of JTWC, Fiji’s and Tonga’s forecast tracks. Harold was at least a strong Category 4 while passing a shy south of Tonga:

Tropical Cyclone Harold will now begin its gradual weakening trend, arriving into stronger deep-layer shear and cooler sea waters. This is our final update on the system. Stay tuned for further discussions on any new potential tropical systems in the next weeks.

See the previous discussions:

Tropical Cyclone #HAROLD remains a powerful Category 4 system – it will blast the main #Fiji’s island Viti Levu with destructive winds and flooding today


Tropical Cyclone #HAROLD becomes the 2nd strongest cyclone to hit Vanuatu on record – peaks at 165 knots (912 mbar)!


Extremely powerful Category 5 #HAROLD continues intensifying while crossing the #Vanuatu islands, supporting destructive 150-170 mph winds


Extremely powerful Category 5 #HAROLD continues intensifying while crossing the #Vanuatu islands, supporting destructive 150-170 mph winds