Warm Tropical Storm To Track South Of Solomon Islands

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has announced that a tropical disturbance located about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Solomon Islands is expected to develop into a tropical storm this weekend. The system, designated as TC-14 by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), is currently moving west-northwest at about 10 mph and is expected to reach the Australian mainland on Sunday.

What is a Warm Tropical Storm?

A Warm Tropical Storm is classified as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour. These storms are typically associated with the northern hemisphere in the late summer or early fall months.

What’s Ahead for TC Lee?

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm watch for the Solomon Islands and Bougainville. The watch is in effect from the easternmost tip of Papua New Guinea to the west coast of Choiseul Island.

TC Lee is expected to reach the Solomon on Thursday and strengthen into a category 1 hurricane on Friday. Lee’s forward speed is about 20 mph, so it will take about 10 days for it to travel from west to east across the Solomon.

It should be noted that TC Lee is not alone – a small system about 650 miles south of Lee, known as Invest 97L, is also a threat to the Philippines and could become a tropical storm or hurricane by the end of the week.

Statement from Prime Minister Barnaba Dlamini on TC Lee

The Prime Minister Mr. Barnaba Dlamini has issued the following statement on Tropical Cyclone Lee:

“We are monitoring this system very closely and we are in close contact with our sister countries in the region. We are prepared for whatever may come. Our priority is the safety of our citizens.”

What you need to know about TC Lee

TC Lee is a warm tropical storm that is currently tracking south of the Solomon Islands. The system is expected to move slowly east-southeastward over the next few days, before reaching a tropical cyclone transition phase on Thursday.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), TC Lee has a 60% chance of becoming a hurricane by Sunday.

For now, residents in the storm’s path should monitor the system closely and take all necessary precautions.

Where does TC Lee go next?

On Tuesday morning TC Lee was located about 760 kilometers south-southeast of Honiara, Solomon Islands. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has designated the system as a tropical storm and is forecasting that it will track southward near or over the Solomon Islands over the next few days.

TC Lee is forecast to reach a peak intensity of 35 kilometers per hour on Wednesday night before weakening later in the day and into Thursday. If TC Lee follows a similar track as last year’s TC-17, it may make landfall in Honiara or nearby on Thursday evening. If it does not make landfall, it may affect other parts of the Solomon Islands during its passage.

How will TC Lee impact the Solomon Islands?

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Solomon Islands. TC Lee is expected to make landfall in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall and winds that could cause damage.

What you can do to prepare for TC Lee

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Solomon Islands from Thursday night through Saturday night. The watch means that conditions are favorable for development of the storm and that potential impacts should be monitored.

TC Lee is expected to steadily intensify over the next few days, becoming a potentially dangerous Category 1 hurricane on Friday. If you live in or near the Solomon Islands, please heed the warnings issued by the NHC and take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for TC Lee:

  • Check your local weather forecast and plan ahead for possible impacts from this storm. Know where you will go evacuation if necessary and make sure you have enough supplies on hand.
  • Make sure you have sufficient fuel and food supplies in case of an evacuation. Stock up on fresh water, too, in case power is lost or roads become inaccessible.
  • Review your emergency plans with your loved ones, and be sure to know who is responsible for taking care of each other in an evacuation situation.
  • Keep an eye on local news sources for updates on TC Lee’s progress. If you’re in the Solomon Islands and are concerned about the storm, please visit the NHC website for more information and updates.


The National Hurricane Center has issued a warm tropical storm warning for the Solomon Islands as Tropical Storm Fani is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. The system is still very uncertain, with fluctuations in intensity and track possible over the next few days. However, if you are in or near the Solomon Islands and are concerned about hurricane-force winds or heavy rains, please take precautions now.


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