Tropical Cyclones: Pam Strikes Vanuatu
The satellite image at right shows the eye of Cyclone Pam heading in a southwesterly direction on March 13, 2015, shortly before the storm struck the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam has since left thousands of people homeless and destroyed most of the buildings in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital city. As the storm approached the city, it had sustained winds up to 265 kilometers (165 miles) per hour, making it a category 5 cyclone. As Pam was speeding toward Vanuatu, two other tropical cyclones were active in the region. In the image below, captured on March 11, Cyclone Olwyn hits Western Australia and category 4 Cyclone Nathan (center) can be seen approaching Northern Queensland. Nathan is due to hit the coast on March 20.
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