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.

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.

History

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.

History

TC Winston & TC Tatiana Update 13 Feb 2016

By MetService Meteorologist Ciaran Doolin

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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 south-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 southeast.

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.

Tropical Cyclone Victor

By MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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History

Tropical Cyclone Victor (TC Victor) was named by RSMC Nadi on January 15th, located near the Northern Cook Islands.  Since then, the cyclone has tracked between Niue and the Southern Cook Islands, before turning west and heading towards Tonga.

Tropical Cyclone Victor Named

by Meteorologist Claire Flynn

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While ex-TC Ula fades away to the north of New Zealand, another tropical cyclone has been named in the tropics - Tropical Cyclone Victor (TC Victor). TC Victor was named by RSMC Nadi on January 15th, centred at the co-ordinates 14.7S, 166.3W, about 475 km east of American Samoa.  Since then, the cyclone has tracked to the southwest.