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Dec
17
2012

Tropical Cyclone Activity Report – Pacific / Indian Oceans

Tropical cyclone Evan (04P) remains active in the Southwest Pacific Ocean…located approximately 15 NM southwest of Nadi, Fiji (Weakening tropical cyclone…sustained winds of 115 knots, with gusts to near 140 knots)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying 3 hour precipitation accumulation, tropical cyclone Evan (04P), with JTWC positions, segments, winds...over Fiji in the Southwest Pacific Ocean

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying 3 hour precipitation accumulation, tropical cyclone Evan (04P), with JTWC positions, segments, winds...over Fiji in the Southwest Pacific Ocean

Tropical cyclone Evan (04P) has moved by just to the northwest of the Fiji islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, and has made a direct strike on the west and southwest side of Fiji itself…between the communities of Momi and Sigatoka. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) indicates that sustained winds are 115 knots (132 mph), with gusts to near 140 knots (161 mph).

The forecast path takes Evan southward away from the primary Fijian islands, over open ocean towards New Zealand. This very strong (category 4 tropical cyclone) has recently peaked in strength. The JTWC shows it moving over cooler sea surface temperatures from here on out, finally dropping down below the cyclone level by the 21st December.

Evan battered the Samoan Islands late last week, leaving a trail of great damage, killing four people, and destroying thousands of homes. During the last 12 hours, Evan has impacted Fiji, home to a population of approximately 890K people. This dynamic cyclone brought destructive winds, heavy flooding rainfall, and serious storm surge with pounding waves. Thousands of people have sought emergency shelter throughout these small islands.

This cyclone is considered the strongest to make landfall on Fiji. There have been a few other very strong cyclones, including category 2 Kina, which killed 23 people…and left 1000’s homeless in 1993. There was another category 4 equivalent cyclone that moved through the Fiji’s, which was Gavin, back in 1997. The only other deadlier storm was category 3 Eric in 1985, which directly hit the capital of Suva…killing 25 people.

Eastern North Pacific

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC…EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE:

There are no current tropical cyclones

ELSEWHERE…TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

NHC graphical Tropical Weather Outlook Map

Central North Pacific

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU, HAWAII

FOR THE CENTRAL NORTH PACIFIC…BETWEEN 140W AND 180:

There are no current tropical cyclones

ELSEWHERE…TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

CPHC Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook

Latest Central Pacific Satellite Image

Western North Pacific

There are no current tropical cyclones

Satellite image of this area

South Pacific

Tropical Cyclone Evan (04P)

JTWC textual forecast advisory
JTWC graphical track map
Fiji meteorology office – satellite image
Pacific Disaster Center’s Global Hazards Atlas

Satellite image of this area

North Indian Ocean

There are no current tropical cyclones

Satellite image of this area

South Indian Ocean

There are no current tropical cyclones

Satellite image of this area

North Arabian Sea

There are no current tropical cyclones

Satellite image of this area