Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for RITA-19
in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone RITA-19 can have a low humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1000635
Name RITA-19
From - To 24 Nov - 26 Nov
Exposed countries Vanuatu, Solomon Islands
Exposed population No people in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 130 km/h, Category 1
Maximum storm surge 0.1 m (27 Nov 05:00 UTC)
Vulnerability High (Solomon Is.)


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+ Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS 130 km/h 0.1 m n.a. 0.5
Single TC: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
HWRF 176 km/h 0.3 m 559 mm 0.5
GFS 137 km/h 0.5 m 452 mm 0.5
ECMWF 90 km/h 0.4 m 793 mm 0.5
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Vanuatu - Tropical Cyclone RITA update (ECHO 27 Nov 2019)Wed, 27 Nov 2019 11:00

  • Tropical Cyclone Rita has weakened to a tropical depression and is moving towards the Penama islands (Vanuatu) over the south-west Pacific Ocean. It is expected to dissipate in the morning of 27 November.
  • The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department issued warnings for strong winds over Shefa and Tafea Islands, rough to very rough seas are expected off Vanuatu.
  • Moderate rain is forecast for most of the islands in Vanuatu on 27-28 November.
Vanuatu - Tropical Cyclone RITA Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:08

  • Tropical Cyclone RITA formed over the South Pacific Ocean on 21 November and started moving south-southwest offshore toward Vanuatu. On 26 November at 00:00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 230 km north-east of eastern coast of Pentecost Island (central Vanuatu), with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (tropical storm).
  • RITA will move south-west on 26 November and will change in west direction on 28 November toward Pentecost Island, slighty weakening.
  • For the next 48 hours heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the provinces of Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) has issued a marine strong wind warning for all Vanuatu coastal waters and a high sea warning for northern open waters.
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (35), (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),