A Category 5 Tropical Cyclone #HAROLD smashed Vanuatu and Fiji with destructive winds. System is now leaving Tonga and weakening
An intense Tropical Cyclone #Harold is now ejecting its final land destination – Tonga, which was badly hit as well, similar as Fiji yesterday. There has been a remarkable wind destruction and flooding reported from Vanuatu islands and Fiji archipelago (Viti Levu and Kadavu islands). Harold will now move away and begin its rapid decaying phase and dissipate until the weekend.
Satellite imagery this morning while Harold is passing south of Tonga:
الإعصار #HAROLD "هارولد"يجتاح أرخبيل مملكة تونغا ،بقوة التصنيف الثالث ،بسرعة رياح 110 عقدة/203.72كم في الساعة،وربما تعرض الأرخبيل لضربة قوية جراء الاجتياح ..والله تعالى أعلم. pic.twitter.com/oUqVZR88Op
— ابراهيم اللامي (@ibrahimallami1) April 8, 2020
— Keraunos (@KeraunosObs) April 8, 2020
Latest Advanced Dvorak Technique (ADT) analysis indicates Harold still has around 105 knots of sustained winds and pressure around 944 mbar. But its strength is finally weakening in the past hours. It will continue with a furthermore rapid weakening in the coming days. Harold has 65-90 miles of 50-knot wind radii and still 30-50 miles of hurricane-force 64-knot wind radii. It has just passed Tonga island with the full force of a strong Category 4 (based on Tonga Met. Office) / low-end Category 5 (based on Fiji Met. Office):
A significant damage from winds and flooding across Vanuatu:
And also significant wind damage and flooding across Fiji arhipelago:
Nelle ultime ore l'isola di Viti Levu è stata una delle più colpite da questo potente ciclone tropicale 🌀 pic.twitter.com/9BkGRkg0Kw
— Meteored Italia (@meteoredit) April 8, 2020
Here is the comparison of JTWC, Fiji’s and Tonga’s forecast tracks. Harold was at least a strong Category 4 while passing a shy south of Tonga:
Tropical Cyclone Harold will now begin its gradual weakening trend, arriving into stronger deep-layer shear and cooler sea waters. This is our final update on the system. Stay tuned for further discussions on any new potential tropical systems in the next weeks.
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