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Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert Near Australia

February 6th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Area of convection - February 6th, 2009

Area of convection - February 6th, 2009

The area of convection that has persisted off the northwestern coast of Australia over the last few days has continued to strengthen.

It is possible that it intensifies into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 6 to 24 hours, within 160 nautical miles either side of a line from 16.4S 115.0E to 16.1S 110.3E .

Available data does not justify issuance of numbered tropical cyclone warnings at this time.

Winds in the area are estimated to be 25 to 30 knots.

METSAT imagery indicates that a circulation center is located near 16.3S 114.2E.

The system is moving westward at 11 knots.

source JTWC

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