28 April 2017 - bulletin 223

Updated at 0710 GMT
Latest warning for 17S



SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Frances / 17S
Warning 03 from JTWC at 0300 GMT
Position 11.6S 126.3E
Location 275 miles W of Darwin, Australia
Movement 240° (WSW) at 15 knots
Maximum sustained winds 55 knots gusting to 70 knots
Comparative strength Tropical storm
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 50 to 100 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Australia
Maximum significant wave height 20 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 1500 GMT

Frances is moving southwest off northwestern Australia and will move westsouthwest, parallel but some distance away from the coastline. The storm will intensify to 70 knots, but is expected to dissipate within five days.

Australian warnings
A tropical cyclone WARNING applies from Kuri Bay to Kalumburu.