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

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic 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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