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Powerful Cyclone Heading Toward Yemen and Oman

Posted by feww on October 30, 2015

CHAPALA Becomes a Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea

Super Cyclone CHAPALA (TC 04A), currently packing sustained winds of about 260 km/h, is expected to continue strengthening to about 275km/h.

Super Cyclone CHAPALA (TC 04A)

Warning Position at 14:00UTC [30 Oct 15]
Location: near 14.2°N 60.4°E
Moving: W (270 degrees) at 12 km/h
Min pressure: 912 mb [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max sustained wind: 260 km/h, strengthening to about 275 km/h  [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max wind gusts: 315 km/h, strengthening to about 330 km/h  [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max significant wave heights: 13m – 15m

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SUPER CYCLONE CHAPALA – VIS/IR Satellite Image – 30 Oct 2015 at 12:30UTC. Source: UW-CIMSS

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ITA Could Become another Super Cyclone to Remember

Posted by feww on April 10, 2014


Super Cyclone ITA Closes in on NE Australia, Evacuations Ordered

ITA is packing powerful winds in Coral Sea, rapidly developing to the most powerful storm to hit Australia since Cyclone YASI in 2011, which caused widespread destruction, with the damage bill estimated at A$3.5 billion.

ITA is currently packing sustained winds of more than 240 km/h with maximum wind gusts of up to 300km/hr.

Several models show the Super Cyclone could intensify further reaching sustained winds of up to 260 km/h with max. wind gusts of 325 km/h before striking the coast.

FIRE-EARTH models show ITA could generate destructive storm surges and tidal waves of up to 20 meters high, which could extensively flood low-lying areas.

ITA Location
At 14:00 UTC on Thursday April 10,  2014

ITA was located over the northern Coral Sea near 12.9ºS, 146.2ºE moving at about 12 km/h the Queensland coast.

ITA 5-cimss
Super Cyclone ITA – IR-WV satellite image timed at 13:32UTC on April 10, 2014. Source UW-CIMSS.

Current Evacuations

Queensland Premier said the cyclone could affect about 9,000 people, including residents and visitors in Port Douglas, as Lizard Island, a  Great Barrier Reef resort about 240km north of Cairns confirmed it had evacuated all its guests on Thursday, said Reuters.

Deaths in the Solomon Islands

ITA battered the Solomon Islands late last week, while still a tropical depression, killing at least two dozen people near the capital, Honiara, and leaving dozens more missing and more than 10,000 homeless, after intense flash flooding.

Authorities declared a State of Emergency, and a local newspaper, the  Solomon Star,  said:“This is the worst disaster the nation has seen.” 

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Cyclone LUA Stregthens to a Cat 4D System

Posted by feww on March 17, 2012

LUA, potentially a Super Cyclone, is making landfall on the Pilbara coast, Western Australia

LUA has strengthened to a  4D system on FEWW New Hurricane Scale and is expected to make landfall on the Pilbara coast, Western Australia, later today. 

Severe Tropical Cyclone LUA

Cyclone LUA Satellite Image IR-WV Diff – Source: CIMSS 

LUA Forecast Track Map

Issued by BOM at 11:46 am WST Saturday 17 March 2012. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 24.

The cyclone is currently packing potentially devastating winds of about 250km/h and gusts of up to 270km/h and is carrying huge amounts of precipitation , threatening severe flooding and dangerous storm tides.

Lua is the strongest cyclone to strike Australia this year and the strongest since Cyclone YASI hit Queensland last year, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.

Australia BOM said

Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua is approaching the east Pilbara coast, with an expected crossing in the vicinity of Pardoo Station around 2-3pm this afternoon.

Gales are occurring in coastal areas between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga and will extend to adjacent inland areas later today, possibly north to Cape Leveque including Broome and west to Dampier.

Destructive winds to 150 kilometres per hour are possible between Port Hedland and Bidyadanga extending to the inland eastern Pilbara later in the day. Very Destructive winds to 250 kilometres per hour are forecast near the cyclone centre as it crosses the coast.

As the cyclone moves further inland, gales should reach the eastern Gascoyne areas, adjacent Interior and far northern Goldfields on Sunday morning.

Heavy rainfall is expected in coastal and inland parts of the east Pilbara, west Kimberley extending into the eastern Gascoyne, western Interior and northern Goldfields later today and during Sunday.

Residents of the east Pilbara and 80 Mile Beach area, east of but NOT including Port Hedland, are specifically warned of the very dangerous storm tide expected this afternoon. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.

Heavy surf conditions are also expected along the west Kimberley coast.

FESA-State Emergency Service advises of the following community alerts:

RED ALERT: People in coastal communities between Bidyadanga and Port Hedland, including Wallal, 80 Mile Beach, Sandfire, Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Warralong, Yandeyarra and surrounding Pastoral and Mining leases need to go to shelter immediately.

YELLOW ALERT: People in remaining communities between Broome and Whim Creek including the Town of Broome, Marble Bar, Telfer, Nullagine, Woodie Woodie, and adjacent pastoral and mining leases need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

BLUE ALERT: People in coastal communities between Whim Creek and Dampier including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson as well as inland communities including Newman and Jigalong and surrounding pastoral and mining leases need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Remaining communities between Broome and Cape Leveque and in the inland eastern Pilbara, east Gascoyne and western Interior should listen for the next advice.

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YASI Could Become Super Cyclone

Posted by feww on February 1, 2011

TC YASI Could Power Up to a Super Cyclone Force

Cyclone YASI Could Strengthen to a Super Cyclone with Winds of 300+ km/hr Before Queenslanding

FIRE-EARTH Moderators forecast YASI strengthening to a monster super cyclone with sustained winds of up to 260km/hr and wind gusts of 300+ km/hr before making landfall [probability of 55%]

FIRE-EARTH also forecasts storm surges of up to 20m in some coastal areas of Queensland.

Edging Ever Closer!

Cyclone YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). Visible IR Satellite Image 2-km Res. Source: CIMSS.  Note the well-defined eye. See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

Cyclone YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). Visible IR Satellite Image 4km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

Cyclone YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). IR Satellite Image 8-km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

Cyclone YASI
(Tropical Cyclone 11P). Shortwave IR Satellite Image 4km Res. Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

Tropical Cyclone YASI – IR Satellite image. Note the perfect symmetry as YASI strengthens to a probable Super Cyclone. Source: MTSAT-2 via Digital Typhoon. Remnants of ex-cyclone Anthony are still visible. Click images to enlarge.

Australian authorities have  evacuated thousands of people from the northeast as the monster cyclone YASI continues to strengthen.

Local forecaster confirm that destructive winds from the cyclone could strike Queensland coast by Wednesday morning.

“This is not a system that’s going to cross the coast and rapidly weaken out,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Gordon Banks told Reuters, warning the storm’s destructive winds could reach as far as Mt Isa, 900 km inland.

“We could see this system pushing well in across northern Queensland as a significant tropical cyclone with damaging winds and very heavy rainfall,” Banks said.

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Severe Tropical Cyclone YASI: Forecast Track Map



Issued at 4:59 pm EST Tuesday 1 February 2011. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 7.


The Cyclone is expected to slowly intensify overnight and continue moving in a west-southwesterly direction.

DAMAGING winds with gusts to 90 km/hr are expected to develop on the islands during Wednesday morning, then extend onto the coast during the day, and further inland across the northern tropical interior overnight.

Between Cooktown and Townsville these winds will become DESTRUCTIVE with gusts in excess of 125km/hr late Wednesday afternoon and VERY DESTRUCTIVE with gusts above 170 km/hr between Port Douglas and Cardwell during the evening as the cyclone approaches.

As the centre approaches the coast sea levels between Cairns and Townsville will rise significantly above the normal tide with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low lying areas near the shoreline.

Flooding rains will develop from Cooktown to Sarina during Wednesday afternoon and then extend inland overnight.

People between Cooktown and Sarina and extending inland to areas from Georgetown to west of Charters Towers should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property [using available daylight hours/before nightfall].
– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (
– For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

People between Lockhart River and Cooktown and remaining tropical interior should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.
– Information is available from your local government
– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (
– For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

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