CYCLONE Oma continues to gather strength as it lingers near Vanuatu’s Santo for a third day.
The cyclone – which is still a category two, but likely to reach a category three – is about 240 kilometres west, southwest of Vanuatu’s largest island, Santo.
It is slowly moving southwest out to sea with winds as high as 130kmh at its centre.
Authorities in Vanuatu are warning of torrential rain, damaging winds and violent storm surges.
The Meteorological Service has described the sea swells in the area as phenomenal and is urging people to stay inland.
There are already some reports of crops destroyed and flooding in the north.