Cleo weakens to a tropical storm
Cleo has been interacting with a low pressure trough which has subjected to storm to increased vertical shear and has started to push the storm in a more southerly direction into cooler waters.
Cyclone Cleo back down to tropical storm status (Physorg.com)
Cleo has run into wind shear and it has weakened it from a cyclone to a tropical storm. Cleo's maximum sustained winds are now down to 69 mph, and expected to continue falling. NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that an opening in the storm's circulation is one of the reasons Cleo has weakened quickly.
NASA and the Japanese Space Agency's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew over Cleo early this morning and confirmed that Cleo's low level circulation center is becoming exposed to the north. Open circulation leads to weakening, and Cleo has weakened more quickly than expected.