Less than a month after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated parts of Vanuatu, Tropical Cyclone Solo has formed west of the island nation that is still trying to recover.
The good news for Vanuatu is that Solo will track southward through Saturday before turning to the southeast and approaching New Caledonia on Sunday, local time.
While the core of Solo will stay to the south and west of Vanuatu, the threat for heavy showers and gusty thunderstorms will be high through the weekend.
Strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours, and Solo will likely be either be the equivalent of strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane as it moves very near New Caledonia.
The island nation will experience damaging winds and torrential rainfall which will lead to flooding.
The worst of the storm is expected to batter New Caledonia from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Wind gusts over 85 kph (50 mph) will be common along with rainfall amounts in excess of 100 mm (4 inches).
Solo will weaken as it interacts with New Caledonia then continue to weaken as it tracks farther southeast over the open south Pacific Ocean. Interaction with a frontal boundary will continue to weaken Solo until it is absorbed into this front during the first half of next week.