Intense TC Winston to affect the Islands of Fiji and Vanua Levu

IR Satellite photo via JTWC SATOPS

TC Winston as of 21 UTC 19 February continues to move westward over the South Pacific about 164 NM east-northeast of Suva, Fiji, now with max winds of 145 knots. Winston is moving over very warm ocean water with additional strengthening likely during the next several hours.  The current forecast track takes Winston just north of Fiji and near or over the southern tip of Vanua Levu about 06 UTC 20 February with max winds near 160 knots with gusts to 195 knots possible!

Radar View

JTWC Forecast Track for TC Winston

 

 

 

 

 

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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