Latest warning for 17S
SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Frances / 17S
Warning 04 from JTWC at 1500 GMT
Position 12.1S 125.0E
Location 347 miles W of Darwin, Australia
Movement 250° (WSW) at 50 knots
Maximum sustained winds 70 knots gusting to 85 knots
Comparative strength HURRICANE
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 60 to 90 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Australia
Maximum significant wave height 22 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 0300 GMT
Frances is moving westsouthwest off northwestern Australia and will move westsouthwest, parallel but some distance away from the coastline. The storm will intensify to 75 knots, but is expected to dissipate within three days after veering west.
A tropical cyclone WARNING applies from Kuri Bay to Kalumburu.