2 April 2018 - bulletin 246

Updated at 2125 GMT
Latest warnings for 17P and 18P


SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN
Tropical cyclone Josie / 18P
Warning 10 from JTWC at 2100 GMT
Position 21.5S 178.8E
Location 205 miles S of Suva, Fiji
Movement 110° (ESE) at 3 knots
Maximum sustained winds 40 knots gusting to 50 knots
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 95 to 195 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses NONE
Maximum significant wave height 19 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 0300 GMT

Josie will move southeast and strengthen to 45 knots. The system is expected to become subtropical after a day or so.

Tropical cyclone Iris / 17P
Warning 15 from JTWC at 2100 GMT
Position 17.4S 148.7E
Location 169 miles E of Cairns, Australia
Movement 240° (WSW) at 2 knots
Maximum sustained winds 45 knots gusting to 55 knots
Winds of 34 knots or higher occur within 70 to 135 miles of the centre
Threatened landmasses NONE
Maximum significant wave height 12 feet
Next warning from JTWC at 0300 GMT

Iris is expected to intensify to 55 knots, whilst performing a loop, which will bring it close to the coast. The system will then turn back east.

Australian warnings
A tropical cyclone WARNING is in force from Ayr to Mackay, including the Whitsunday Islands
A tropical cyclone watch is in force from Mackay to St Lawrence

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