Tropical Cyclone Winston loses an eye!

24 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 11.00am today (Wednesday 24thFebruary). Note that the “eye” of the TC can no longer be seen as it is covered by cloud, this happens as the TC becomes less intense.

Tropical Cyclone Winston now a category 3 cyclone

23 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 1.30pm today (Tuesday 23rd February 2016).

Latest position Tuesday 7am

What will happen to Tropical Cyclone Winston?

22 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 2.20pm today (Monday 22nd February 2016).

Latest position Monday 1pm

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston 21 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. TC Winston made landfall in Viti Levu, Fiji earlier yesterday evening. Prior to landfall the estimated central pressure was 915hPa, with maximum winds near 230km/h.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston- the strongest TC to ever hit Fiji

20 Feb 2016 (afternoon update)

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston is now the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji.

Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston tracking across FIJI

By MetService meteorologist Emma Blades

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Today

Tropical Cyclone Winston was upgraded to a category five cyclone last night. This morning the centre tracked near to the Fiji Island of Vanua Balavu, where average wind speeds of 185km/h were recorded. Wind speeds even closer to the centre of the cyclone are estimated to average 220km/h, with momentary gusts likely to reach 315km/h.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston changes course 18 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image (indicating cold cloud top temperatures) showing the location of TC Winston at 3.50pm Thursday 18th February 2016.Note the circle in centre of the TC showing clearly the eye of the storm.

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Tropical Cyclone Winston strengthens. 17 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image (indicating cold cloud top temperatures) showing the location of TC Winston at 12.40pm Wednesday 17th February 2016.

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