23 March 2018 - bulletin 216

Updated at 1505 GMT
Latest warnings for 15S and 16P


SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Marcus / 15S
Warning 32 from JTWC at 1500 GMT
Position 22.3S 106.0E
Location 450 miles W of Learmonth, Australia
Movement 170° (S) at 11 knots
Maximum sustained winds 80 knots gusting to 100 knots
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 135 to 185 miles of the centre
Winds of 64 knots or higher occur within 25 to 50 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses NONE
Maximum significant wave height 28 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 2100 GMT

Marcus is moving south, and weakening rapidly. The cyclone will dissipate within two days. 

SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Nora / 16P
Warning 06 from JTWC at 1500 GMT
Position 11.3S 138.8E
Location 469 miles E of Darwin, Australia
Movement 135° (SE) at 10 knots
Maximum sustained winds 95 knots gusting to 115 knots
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 105 to 125 miles of the centre
Winds of 64 knots or higher occur within 20 to 35 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses Queensland, Australia
Maximum significant wave height 36 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 2100 GMT

Nora will move southeast, later south whilst intensifying to 130 knots. The storm will make landfall in the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria after 5 days.

Australian warnings
A tropical cyclone WARNING is in force from Gilbert River Mouth to Thursday Island, including Weipa.
A tropical cyclone watch applies from NT/Qld Border to Gilbert River Mouth

TROPICAL DISTURBANCE UPDATE

NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
Update from JTWC at 0600 GMT
System 96W
Position 4.3N 147.6E
Location 265 miles SW of Chuuk
Likelihood of tropical cyclone formation within 24 hours is now HIGH

SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
Update from JTWC at 0600 GMT
System 95P
Position 13.4S 163.5E
Location 560 miles NNW of Noumea, New Caledonia
Likelihood of tropical cyclone formation within 24 hours is now HIGH

SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN
Update from JTWC at 1800 GMT
System 96S
Position 10.9S 87.2E
Location 570 miles W of Cocos Island
Likelihood of tropical cyclone formation within 24 hours is LOW

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