Latest warning for 17S
SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Frances / 17S
Warning 05 from JTWC at 0300 GMT
Position 12.8S 123.8E
Location 795 miles NE of Learmonth, Australia
Movement 240° (WSW) at 6 knots
Maximum sustained winds 70 knots gusting to 85 knots
Comparative strength HURRICANE
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 50 to 90 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Australia
Maximum significant wave height 22 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 75 knots, but is expected to dissipate within three days after veering west.
A tropical cyclone WARNING applies from Mitchell Plateau to Cape Leveque, but not including Derby.