Just a quick update with the latest tropical cyclones and tropical low of QLD, WA and Vanuatu affecting Norfolk Island.
TC Vince WA :
Tropical Cyclone Vince (Category 1) was located at 8 am WST near 16.3S 112.5E,
that is 650 km north northwest of Exmouth and moving east southeast at 17
kilometres per hour.
Tropical Cyclone Vince (Category 1) is not expected to significantly intensify
as it moves towards the east-southeast during Friday. It is then expected to
curve around and weaken as it moves back towards the west.
GALE WARNING FOR NORTH EASTERN AREA
At 0000 UTC a Tropical Low was centred within 30 nautical miles of
latitude twelve decimal five south (12.5S)
longitude one hundred and fifty decimal seven east (150.7E)
Recent movement : east at 8 knots
Maximum winds : 30 knots
Central pressure: 995 hPa
The low is expected to move southeast and develop into a tropical cyclone in
the next 12 hours.
At 1200 UTC 14 January: Within 120 nautical miles of 13.4 south 151.6 east
Central pressure 993 hPa.
Winds to 35 knots near centre.
At 0000 UTC 15 January: Within 150 nautical miles of 14.7 south 152.2 east
Central pressure 987 hPa.
Winds to 45 knots near centre.
Top Priority for Immediate Broadcast
NORFOLK ISLAND TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE
MET SERVICE NZ CYCLONE ADVICE FOR NORFOLK ISLAND BULLETIN NO: 03
ISSUED AT 1259 NFT on 14-Jan-2011
A CYCLONE WARNING IS IN FORCE FOR NORFOLK ISLAND
TROPICAL CYCLONE VANIA WAS CENTRED NEAR 21.6S 167.4E (NEAR EASTERN NEW CALEDONIA, OR 440 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH OF NORFOLK ISLAND) AT 1130 NFT on 14-January-2011.
The cyclone is moving south-southwest at 5 knots, and is expected to continue moving southwards over the next few days. If this forecast movement is maintained, the cyclone may lie near Norfolk Island late Sunday.
FORECAST UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY
Easterly winds are expected to rise to gale force on Saturday morning with average speeds of 35 knots gusting 50 knots at times through the day.
Seas becoming very rough with combined sea and northeasterly swell rising to 4 to 5 metres.
On Saturday night or Sunday, easterly winds may continue to strengthen to near storm force, with seas becoming high and northeasterly swells rising to 5 to 6 metres (or possibly higher).
Heavy rain is also possible.
We just have to keep an eye on the situation. It is ...