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Cyclone Yasa forms near Fiji, some threat to NZ (+4 Maps)

As expected a Tropical Cyclone has formed overnight. The storm has been named Yasa by the Fiji Met Service.

Yasa will spend the next few days spinning around in a giant circle. It is expected to brush Fiji so those in the area should be closely monitoring local forecasts and warnings.

As for New Zealand the path remains unclear. WeatherWatch has about 40% confidence this low will make it to NZ, probably one week from now. However the storm will be going through a major structural change at this point which means a number of future scenarios are possible from a serious major hit, to a weak low that only brings some rain, to one that falls apart and misses NZ entirely. The 40% confidence is based on modelling from various agencies over the past several days and reflects our current confidence.


Erivana Li on 14/12/2020 9:22am

YASA name- too close to -” monster YASI-” plz reply name it dodo heads

WW Forecast Team on 14/12/2020 6:48pm

We said publicly yesterday we think they’ve made a mistake naming it Yasa, which is similar to the now retired-for-life name of Yasi (Cat 5 cyclone in 2011). Dodo would be great!
– Phil D

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