Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston tracking across FIJI

By MetService meteorologist Emma Blades

All times are in New Zealand local time.

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.

Tropical Cyclone Winston strengthens. 17 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time

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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What is Tropical Cyclone Winston up to? 16 Feb 2016

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Historical track (white) and forecast track (red) of TC Winston up to midnight on Wednesday.  Image created by MetService on WeatherScape.

History

Two Tropical Cyclones: TC Winston & TC Tatiana

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed below are New Zealand local time. Updated 3.10pm 12/02/2016

History

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was named by RSMC Nadi at 1pm on February 11th, located to the east of Vanuatu.  Since then, TC Winston has tracked southeast.

Meanwhile Tropical Cyclone Tatiana was named by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology on February 11th at 7pm, since then TC Tatiana has been moving east.