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Tropical cyclone warning

On the heels of Tropical Cyclone Neil, two new tropical threats are brewing in the South Pacific Ocean, reports Accuweather.

Neil developed east of Fiji on Saturday and brought heavy rainfall to parts of Tonga through Sunday before weakening and tracking away to the south.

A pair of tropical lows will bring a continued risk for heavy rainfall and flooding to a large area from New Caledonia and Vanuatu to Fiji, Tonga and American Samoa this week.

One area of low pressure, located near Fiji, will track south-westward in the coming days, bringing a prolonged period of unsettled weather from Fiji and Tonga to American Samoa.

Gusty winds will be possible in any showers and thunderstorms as the storm impacts the region.

The greatest concern will be for flash flooding. Areas most at risk for this torrential rainfall include Wallis and Futuna, Tonga and northeast parts of Vanua Levu.

Rough seas will also be a concern across the entire region as the tropical threats may stir up seas as high as 6 meters for offshore locations. Dangerous rip currents will also be a concern for swimmers and beachgoers.

The second tropical threat is currently spinning north of New Caledonia and west of Vanuatu and will stall over the region for several days.

The slow movement of this storm will bring daily downpours to Vanuatu with occasional downpours for New Caledonia.

The heaviest rain is currently expected to remain north of Efate, affecting the islands of Epi, Ambrym, Malekula, Pentecost, Ambae, Maewo and Espiritu Santo.

This tropical threat appears to have a higher risk for becoming a named tropical cyclone and if this occurs, damaging winds will be a concern across northern Vanuatu.
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