1 Nov 2019

RNZ Pacific's CYCLONE WATCH service now in operation

9:24 am on 1 November 2019

RNZ Pacific's CYCLONE WATCH service is now in operation.

Many remote communities in Pacific island countries rely on shortwave radio.

Many remote communities in Pacific island countries rely on shortwave radio. Photo: RNZI

The 2019-2020 Pacific Cyclone season has started, and officially runs from November 1, 2019 to the end of the cyclone season in 2020.

If Cyclone Alerts are issued for South Pacific countries, RNZ Pacific will broadcast hourly updates of these bulletins if necessary, and whenever the situation changes. These will be heard either just before the top of each hour or following news bulletins at the top of each hour.

We will do our best to keep listeners informed of all weather updates.

We try to get damage reports from local authorities, non-governmental agencies active in the field and people affected who we manage to reach.

Our information comes from the Nadi Met Office in Fiji and from the New Zealand MetService.

In addition, we can access weather bulletins from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga Meteorological Offices.

You can also follow us on twitter @RNZPacific and on @RNZPacific Facebook.

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Photo: RNZ Pacific

In the event of a cyclone, RNZ Pacific will run a 24-hour analogue short-wave service (for individual short-wave listeners to receive RNZ Pacific directly).