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Hurricane OLI Update 4 – February 6

Posted by feww on February 6, 2010

Tropical Cyclone OLI (P12) now a Cat 2B Hurricane Heads Toward the Town of Ahurei, Rapa, Bass Islands, FP


TC OLI – Multispectral Satellite Image. Source: JTWC – Date/Time: Feb 05, 2010, at 23:30UTC

Background:

Hurricane OLI Details

  • Time/Date: 6 February 2010 –  03:00 UTC
  • Position:  Near 26.3ºS, 147.3ºW
  • Sustained Movement: 150  degrees
  • Forward speed: 33 km/hr (~ 18 kt)
  • Tropical Cyclone OLI has been tracking  southeast over the past 6 hours.

Current Wind Distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: ~ 169 Km (~ 91 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  ~ 204 km/hr (~ 110 kt)
  • Cyclone OLI is currently a Category 2B Hurricane

Wave Height and Location:

  • Maximum significant wave height: ~ 7 m (20 ft)
  • Location: OLI was located about about 890 km (~ 480 NM) south of Tahiti
  • Sources: JTWC and Others

Other Comments:

The storm eye is no longer visible. The system will continue to weaken due to decreasing sea surface temperatures and increasing vertical wind shear, and is expected to become fully extratropical in the next 36 hours.

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Hurricane OLI Update 3 – February 5

Posted by feww on February 5, 2010

TC Oli Hits French Polynesia

Tropical Cyclone OLI (P12) Strengthens to a Cat 4B Hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale

Background:

Oli Strikes

OLI struck French Polynesia a few hours ago.  On the main island of Tahiti, hundreds of people abandoned their homes to escape the full wrath of the strengthening cyclone.  Roads harbors and airports were closed throughout the popular holiday island resorts, according to various reports.

Hurricane OLI Details

  • Time/Date: 5 February 2010 –  00:01 UTC
  • Position:  Near 20.4ºS, 151.4ºW
  • Sustained Movement: 155  degrees
  • Forward speed: 22 km/hr (~ 12 kt)
  • Tropical Cyclone OLI has been tracking South-Southeast over the past 6 hours.

Current Wind Distribution:

  • Maximum Sustained winds: 227 Km (122.4 kt)
  • Maximum Gusts:  ~ 280km/hr (~ 150 kt)

Wave Height and Location:

  • Maximum significant wave height: 8.5 m (26 ft)
  • Location: OLI was located about about 350 km (~ 190 NM) SW of Tahiti
  • Sources: CIMSS and Others


Cat 4B Hurricane OLI – Visible IR image. Date as inset. Source: UW-CIMSS. Click image to enter CIMSS Tropical Cyclone portal.

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