Tropical cyclone Namu
The southern islands of the Solomons chain were seriously affected by the passage of tropical cyclone Namu in May 1986. While destructive hurricane force winds were experienced, much of the devastation appears to have resulted from phenomenally heavy rain. This scoured considerable tracts of mountainside thus adding huge quantities of mud and debris to the flooded rivers with catastrophic results downstream. Apart from the loss of life and the damage caused there were several features of particular meteorological interest about this tropical cyclone. These are described in the following paragraphs which place Namu in perspective with regard to tropical cyclones in the Solomon Islands and in the South Pacific region generally.