As expected, tropical cyclone KENI followed a track similar to tropical cyclone JOSIE and passed to the southwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu on April 10, 2018 (UTC). No casualties were reported with KENI even though it was a more powerful tropical cyclone than JOSIE. KENI was still intensifying when it passed directly over the island of Kadavu located just south of Viti Levu. Flash flooding was reported on Viti Levu and Kadavu. Maximum sustained winds of greater than 70 kts (81 mph) were responsible for widespread damage caused by the direct hit to Kadavu.
Another tropical cyclone called KENI has formed in the South Pacific Ocean between Vanuatu and Fiji. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued it's first warning for tropical cyclone KENI on April 8, 2018 at 2100Z. Tropical cyclone KENI is following a track similar to tropical cyclone JOSIE that recently caused deadly flooding in Fiji.
IRIS has taken a long, fluctuating and serpentine trek since the tropical cyclone formed in the Coral Sea northeast of Australia on March 24. For a while IRIS weakened and was downgraded to a tropical low. The tropical low moved toward the northeastern coast of Australia and was upgraded again to tropical cyclone IRIS on April 2. The tropical cyclone has then moved generally southeastward parallel to the Australian coast.
Tropical Cyclone NORA produced heavy rainfall when it came ashore in northwestern Queensland on March 24, 2018 (GMT). NORA's peak intensity of 95 kts (109 mph) was reached when the tropical cyclone was located in the central northern Gulf Of Carpentaria. Winds had decreased slightly to 90 kts (104 mph) by landfall. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported that NORA produced over 110 mm (4.3 inches) of rain in 24 hours. Flooding, landslides, lost electrical power, and structural damage were also a companion of the tropical cyclone's arrival.
Intensifying tropical cyclone NORA has been moving southeastward into the Gulf of Carpentaria since it formed in the Arafura Sea north-northeast of Darwin,Australia. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued it's first warning for Tropical cyclone NORA on March 22, 2018 at 0900Z. After that NORA's winds increased to over 65 kts (75 mph). That means that today NORA became the equivalent of a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Tropical cyclone ELIAKIMS's heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides over eastern Madagascar that resulted in at least seven deaths. ELIAKIM came less than two weeks after another tropical cyclone called Dumazile passed close to Madagascar. ELIAKIM maintained but didn't exceed tropical storm intensity as it battered Madagascar. ELIAKIM's slower movement as it passed over the island nation caused continuous heavy rainfall over northeastern Madagascar. Tropical cyclone ELIAKIM has now moved back into the Indian Ocean and is moving toward the southeast and away from Madagascar.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued it's first warning for tropical cyclone ELIAKIM on March 15, 2018 at 0300 UTC as the tropical cyclone moved closer to the northeastern tip of Madagascar. It's maximum sustained wind speeds had increased to 50 kts (57.5 mph) by March 15, 1200 UTC.
A new tropical cyclone may affect Madagascar in a few days. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has been keeping an eye on an area of convection in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar. A circulation center has already been observed. Environmental conditions are favorable for the birth of a tropical cyclone in that area with the presence of low vertical wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures. Tropical cyclone AVA caused many deaths in January when it's heavy rains caused extensive flooding in Madagascar.