Tropical Cyclone Donna strengthens over South Pacific

Satellite image TC Donna

Satellite image TC Donna

Tropical Cyclone Donna over the South Pacific was located about 298 NM N-NE of Port Vila, Vanuatu and was moving towards the west at about 9 knots. Conditions are favorable for development as Donna is currently over warm 30C sea temperatures with low atmospheric shear.  Forecasts suggest Donna will reach a peak of wind speed of 105-115 knots during the next 72 hours. A turn towards the southwest then south is expected during the next 48 hours then more towards the southeast.  Donna is a threat to the islands of Vanuatu.

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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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