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Tropical Cyclone #Claudia is now a solid Category 3 tropical system, officially a Severe Tropical Cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 70 knots / 80 mph / 130 km/h and central pressure below 970 mbar. It continues strengthening while moving west to the immediate north of the coastal Western Australia state. Models are hinting it may even reach a Category 4 within the next 24 hours, JTWC forecast suggests 90 knots by 18 UTC tomorrow, Jan 13th. However, despite Claudia being severe cyclone, it will stay away from the Australian continent over the next days.


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NEW UPDATE: Severe Tropical Cyclone #CLAUDIA has intensified into a borderline Category 4 cyclone, producing 80-knot winds and near 970 mbar northwest of Australia

Severe Tropical Cyclone #CLAUDIA has intensified into a borderline Category 4 cyclone, producing 80-knot winds and near 970 mbar northwest of Australia



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Satellite imagery reveals a quite impressive explosive deep convection gradually forming a broad circulation around the center low, cloud tops are constantly below -80 °C. There is an improving upper-level outflow ventilation, supporting further strengthening of the cyclone.



The future movement of Severe Tropical Cyclone Claudia remains on track with the previous model guidance, drifting it further west-southwest while gradually gaining strength. While Claudia has already reached a Category 3 strength today, which is one category stonger than previous thinking, it is quite possible it may eventually reach a Category 4 within the next 24-36 hours! ECMWF model is simulating peak gusts may reach up to around 200 km/h:

We will continue monitoring Claudia’s evolution – stay tuned!

See previous discussions regarding Claudia:

Tropical Cyclone #CLAUDIA forms off the northwest coast of Australia – a Category 1 system is expected to intensify further while moving west


A new tropical development along the northern Australia – Invest #92S is gradually organizing while moving west towards Darwin this weekend


Meawhile a monster extra-tropical cyclone delivers up to 200 km/h towards western Europe:

Models are aligned for a *monster* cyclone blasting into western Europe and the Faroe Islands – peak gusts close to 125 mph (= 200 km/h), Jan 13/14th


See also – an eruption of Taal volcano in Philippines:

*Volcano eruption* Taal volcano in the Philippines erupts! It sends ash 15km high into the atmosphere, creating an apocalyptic display of raw power of nature!


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