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Tropical Cyclone 11P (Hettie) Moves to the South

January 29th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 11P (Hettie) - January 28th, 2009 © JTWC

Tropical Cyclone 11P (Hettie) - January 28th, 2009

Tropical Cyclone 11P (Hettie), located approximately 390 nautical miles southeast of Nadi, Fiji, has tracked southward at 5 knots over the past 6 hours.

Animated multispectral satellite imagery shows a fully exposed and weakened low level circulation center located approximately one degree to the northwest of significantly warmed cloud tops/convection.

Twelve hour satellite intensity trends reflect a weakening system with current intensity estimates ranging from 30 to 35 knots.

A QUIKSCAT image confirms a 30 to 35 knot (flagged) system as well. Maximum significant wave height is 10 feet.

The cyclone is forecast to track south to southwestward over the next 24 hours while remaining below warning criteria.

The system will continue to contend with excessive vertical wind shear ahead of a shortwave trough to the West, making regeneration very unlikely.

The JTWC will issue no further warnings, but will closely monitor the system for signs of regeneration.

source JTWC

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