Tropical Cyclone Irina (14S) Still Moving Westward – March 9th, 201228.3S 37.2E
Tropical Cyclone Irina (14S), is located approximately 415 nm east-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique. The system has tracked west-northwestward at 04 knots over the past six hours.
The intensity is estimated at 40 knots. Maximum significant wave height is 14 feet. TC 14S continues to track generally westward along the periphery of a low-level subtropical steering ridge to the south. This motion is expected to continue through the forecast period.
Animated infrared satellite imagery shows convection becoming shallower over a still tightly-wrapped low-level circulation center. Upper level outflow has decreased significantly over the past 12 hours. Mminimal outflow and passage over a cool sea surface will lead to dissipation of the system by TAU 24.