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Tropical Cyclone Atu officially forms (+Maps)

The Fiji Meteorological Service has this afternoon officially announced that Tropical Cyclone Atu has formed near Vanuatu.

The cyclone is still moving slowly at a walking speed of 7km/h, which is double what it was this morning.

Winds remain sustained around 64km/h with gusts to 83km/h and the cyclone is intensifying.

   Warning: Gales or stronger within 24 hours          Very Destructive Hurricane Force Winds
   Alert: Gales or stronger within 24-48 hours          Destructive Storm Force Winds
                Damaging Gale Force Winds

– Graphics courtesy of the Fiji Meteorological Service


Ken Ring on 20/02/2011 11:40am

Around full moon too. That’s a surprise!

Graeme on 21/02/2011 5:12am

Unfortunately due to the misprint in the almanic I can’t determine which system this was forecast to be. The cyclone watch for February appears to say a low will drift around between the 10th and 28th (3 weeks)

Ken Ring on 21/02/2011 12:19pm

Turn to p88, you’ll see the page headed “Cyclone watch”: what is listed for the 22nd-28th is the cyclone that is happening now.

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