17-pdr Registered User
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As with last year's thread the aim is to keep a record of tropical systems that don't garner the public attention as much as hurricanes in the Western Atlantic get. If (and probably when) such systems do develop later on in the year they will deserve their own threads.

The most notable system at the moment is Tropical Cyclone 09P (Gita) which scored a pretty heavy hit on Tonga, destroying it's parliament building in the process.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43039931

http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/sh0918.gif

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17-pdr Registered User
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Gita still a pretty well organised system with 1 minute winds of around 120 mph. Due to steadily weaken in the next few days though. May affect NZ towards the end of its run. Will be TS strength by then.

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Now Tropical Storm Lane expected to intensify rapidly in the coming days. NHC

Tropical Storm Lane Advisory Number 5
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL EP142018
800 PM PDT Wed Aug 15 2018

...LANE A LITTLE STRONGER...
...EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE ON THURSDAY...


SUMMARY OF 800 PM PDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...10.4N 125.6W
ABOUT 1350 MI...2170 KM SW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 265 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1003 MB...29.62 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 800 PM PDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Lane was
located near latitude 10.4 North, longitude 125.6 West. Lane is
moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days
followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h)
with higher gusts. Further strengthening is expected, and Lane is
forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday, and a major hurricane
by Saturday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).

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