A red alert has been issued by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department for TAFEA Province as Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Ula moves close to  Vanuatu's southern islands. Winds close to the centre are estimated at 165 kmph. 

Damaging gale force winds and heavy rainfall with possible flooding over low lying areas and areas close to the river banks are expected to affect TAFEA Province, particularly Futuna, Aneityum and possibly Tanna islands. Very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells are also expected. 

Red Cross is urging people in TAFEA Province to move to higher ground and safe shelter immediately, ensuring they take with them an emergency kit/supplies and that any elderly or disabled neighbours and/or family are accounted for. Listen for radio updates where possible.

Red Cross is on standby with relief supplies in place should they be required. 

(Updated 3:21pm Sunday 10th January)