As WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively forecast earlier this week Cyclone Winston has ramped up into a “Severe” Tropical Cyclone, putting it Cat 3 or above. The cyclone is now a Category 4 cyclone, which will increase the chances of more dangerous beach conditions reaching New Zealand. Earlier this week Fiji officials said Cat 2 was the likely limit.
However the cyclone itself is likely to actually swing back north, after tracking south, so it poses no direct threat to New Zealand. However this swing back north in a few days may impact Tonga – and help set up very humid airflow down into New Zealand later next week.
Winston has central air pressure of 947hPa this morning and has sustained winds of 175km/h and is still strengthening, expected to get 185km/h today, with gusts well over 200km/h.
Meanwhile Tatiana remains a Category 1 cyclone in the Coral Sea and should lose it’s cyclone status this weekend.
on 13/02/2016 12:26am
The camera person was disabled so couldn’t help. It’s believed the man who fell in first went into shock due to the cold water. All three were rescued by a fourth person after the camera shut off.
Thought this was apt with the big seas we’re expecting soon.
on 13/02/2016 2:06am
Hi Dan, thanks for sharing – that is quite disturbing to watch, but highlights the serious nature of offshore storms. It’s more dangerous if the weather here on land is sunny and hot too, makes the deteriorating beach conditions more surprising.
– Phil D