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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two cyclones form in South Pacific

Graphic courtesy of AccuWeather

Two tropical cyclones have formed in the South Pacific yesterday. Both of these storms are expected to become intense tropical cyclones by the weekend.

Tropical Cyclone 19P is located just west of Samoa and is currently tracking towards the southwest towards Fiji. 19P is currently at tropical storm strength and is increasing in intensity. This cyclone is expected to reach hurricane strength by Sunday morning local time and eventually reach Category 2 strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale by the end of the weekend. The cyclone is also expected to turn to teh southeast and increase forward speed.

Tropical cyclone 20P is located west of 19P and is moving to the westward towards the Solomon islands.

UPDATE: 20P is currently crossing very near to Vanuatu with Tropical Storm force winds and is projected to cross the Solomon Islands within 72 hours as a strong tropical storm or possibly as a Category 1 hurricane.

This cyclone is expected to become a very intense storm reaching a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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