AFAP manages the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI) to provide news on natural disaster events in the Asia-Pacific region and to help with rapid disaster response assessment. This was originally a communications network that was activated during a disaster to disseminate information to our Asia-Pacific NGO offices. Now APCEDI has a much wider application across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Monday, February 23, 2004

APCEDI Alert WTPS21, Unnamed System (IVY) #1, 2004

Dear Colleagues

Alert #1 / 22 February 2004, Sydney 14:00 EDT

A cyclonic system formed overnight Saturday between Vanuatu and Fiji, 340 nm west-northwest of Suva. It is still a depression although it is likely to be a Category 1 Cyclone by tomorrow, Monday. It is generally quasi-stationary although it has drifted slowly around its central area. Satellite views show good shape and outflow patterns to the north but a weak system overall. The system poses little threat to any land area at the moment. However since we are in a period of King Tides, low lying coastal areas throughout Vanuatu, Fiji and Tuvalu should remain on alert. Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga should monitor the event closely over the next few days.

APCEDI will continue monitoring the event. More detailed information about the storm can be found on

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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