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IAN Threatens Tonga with Cat 4 Hurricane Winds

Posted by feww on January 10, 2014

Severe Tropical Cyclone IAN moving toward Vava’u island chain, Tonga

Severe Tropical Cyclone IAN (Tropical Cyclone 07P) was packing sustained winds of about 175 km/h at 02:00UTC on Friday, January 10, 2014, with wind gusts of about 215 km/h moving ESE at about 10 km/h.

IAN could strike Vava’u with destructive winds by as early as 03:00UTC on Saturday, January 11.

IAN-WV
Severe Tropical Cyclone  IAN. Water Vapor [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite Image. Recorded at 01:52UTC on Friday, January 10, 2014.  Initial Image Sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Severe Tropical Cyclone IAN
Time: 02:00UTC Friday January 10, 2014
Position: Near 17.5ºS, 175.3ºW
Location: 655km East (84 degrees) of Suva, Fiji
Movement: ESE at 10 km/h
Max Sustained Winds: 175 km/h
Max wind Gusts: 225 km/h
Max Significant Wave Height: 8m
Source: Various Satellites

Note: Category 4 Cyclone has average sustained winds of 159km/h (86 kt) – 198km/h (107kt) and a central pressure of 945-910 hPa.

See also: FEWW New Hurricane Scale

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