Gary Barlow stranded in the Solomon Islands as cyclone heads for Pacific


'Search and rescue are coming to get us': Gary Barlow stranded in the Solomon Islands as cyclone heads for Pacific

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22:36 GMT, 1 April 2012

Pop star Gary Barlow is stranded on an island in the Pacific lying in the path of an approaching cyclone.

Currently on a tour of the Commonwealth filming a documentary for the Queen's Jubilee, the singer revealed he is waiting for search and rescue to retrieve him and his colleagues from an island in the Solomons.

Having arrived on the island via the capital Honiara on Friday, the X Factor judge, 41, was greeted by heavy rain and wind.

Before the drama: Gary Barlow on his Commonwealth tour in Sydney last week, before hitting bad weather in the Solomon Islands

Before the drama: Gary Barlow on his Commonwealth tour in Sydney last week, before hitting bad weather in the Solomon Islands

But over the weekend, the weather has got steadily worse.

He wrote on Twitter today: 'We're stranded on an island in the Solomons. There's a cyclone heading our way and there's no way off. Gonna have to sit it out!!

'Powers back on. The lovely government here are sending a search and rescue boat for us this morning #adventure.'

Drama: Barlow revealed search and rescue were coming to get him and his colleagues from the island

Drama: Barlow revealed search and rescue were coming to get him and his colleagues from the island

A state of natural disaster has already been declared in the Solomons' Pacific neighbour Fiji over 1,000 miles away.

Four people have died in Fiji's Western division following widespread flash flooding with a tropical cyclone alert issued.

Over 5,000 people have been evacuated from their flooded homes, with the Australian and New Zealand tourists headed for the island on holiday being advised to stay at home.

'Doesn't look like postcard': Barlow was expecting a more tranquil visit to the Solomons (file picture)

'Doesn't look like postcard': Barlow was expecting a more tranquil visit to the Solomons (file picture)

Fiji's meteorological service have warned the rain and thunderstorms will continue this week, describing the weather as one of the country's worst floods.

Ahead of his arrival in the Solomons, Barlow had been in Australia filming a BBC documentary about what Queen Elizabeth II means to people of the Commonwealth.

He tweeted on Friday: 'Arrived safely in Honiara.No phone service.Doesn't look like the post card.Raining constantly #diamondjubilee.'