CHRISTINE Could Intensify to Cat 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone
Posted by feww on December 29, 2013
EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENT
Massive Storm CHRISTINE could intensify to a Category 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone
FIRE-EARTH Models show CHRISTINE could intensify to a Category 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone with sustained winds of 165 km/h or higher, and wind gusts in excess of 225 km/h over the next 24 hours, subject to continued favorable conditions [probability: 0.45]
As of 05:32 UTC on December 29, 2013 FIRE-EARTH models located CHRISTINE (TC 05S) near 17.1ºS, 119.9ºE, about 425 km NNE of Port Hedland, Australia, inching SSW towards the Pilbara coast at a forward speed of about 3 km/h.
Severe Tropical Cyclone CHRISTINE. Infrared [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite Image. Recorded at 04:32UTC on Sunday December 29, 2013. The original Image Sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.
According to Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABOM), CHRISTINE will develop to a Cat 3 Severe Tropical Cyclone at 5 am WST (UTC +8 hrs) and weaken to Cat2 at 11 am on December 31.
Severe Tropical Cyclone CHRISTINE projected path. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABOM).
ABOM Cyclone Warning
“During Monday gales and heavy rainfall are expected to extend to Mardie and possibly as far west as Exmouth, and then to the inland Pilbara late Monday and on Tuesday. If Christine continues to develop as expected a severe tropical cyclone impact on the Pilbara coast is likely late on Monday or early on Tuesday, with VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts in excess of 170 kilometres per hour near the cyclone centre,” warned BOM.
“People on the coast between Pardoo and Mardie, including Port Hedland and Karratha, are warned of the potential for a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS COASTAL INUNDATION.”
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