Cyclone Atu is today beginning the process of clearing the main tropical islands as it heads south towards the east of New Zealand.
Atu is expected to peak in 24 hours time, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, with winds averaging 205km/h and gusting 250km/h.
As of this morning Atu’s winds were sustained at 170km/h.
The central air pressure remains at 940hPa and Atu remains a category 4 cyclone.
The process of Atu’s southern movement was highlighted overnight as the centre of the low sped up its movement south-south-east, now travelling at 11km/h.
on 21/02/2011 10:10pm
All I can say is well done to you for giving us the heads up over a week ago. Keep up the great work
on 21/02/2011 11:39pm
Thanks Dave, much appreciated
on 21/02/2011 7:36pm
Thanks Phil. So the maps put the expected pathway in reach of NZ – if this unfolds will we get much impact?
on 21/02/2011 8:32pm
In reach but very unlikely to swing closer to us. We may get some cloud and some wind in the far east, but mostly dangerous/big seas will be the main feature.