A P&O cruise ship was forced to divert its path and several Air New Zealand flights have been cancelled as cyclone Hola continues to thrash the South Pacific.
Photos of #CycloneHola damage in #Vanuatu are appearing on social media. We know the islands of Pentecost, Ambrym & have sustained some damage, but no news yet from Pama. Ongoing heavy rain could still cause landslides & flooding pic.twitter.com/9JGwqjScCK
— Ellie van Baaren (@ellievb77) March 7, 2018
The cruise ship, Pacific Explorer, was forced to make a detour to avoid catastrophe as what began as a small storm quickly transformed into a cyclone, reports News.com.
Meanwhile, two flights have been cancelled by Air New Zealand, this morning, as Hola heads for the North Island.
The affected flights are from Northland into Aukland, but those travelling with Air New Zealand are advised to keep up to date here, as further delays can be expected.
— WeatherWatch.co.nz (@WeatherWatchNZ) March 11, 2018
The cyclone seems to be weakening, but New Zealand’s weather bureau MetService, says it is very difficult to track.
Its expected to move quickly to the southeast of New Zealand on Tuesday.
News.com reports that cruises and flights are being affected and tourists are being forced to lay low while the wild weather passes.
The Department of Foreign Affairs issued warnings over the weekend and told News.com it’s watching the weather “very closely”