A rare, out of season tropical cyclone was named near the southern Solomon Islands. Liua is expected to intensify and move south-southwest into the Coral Sea in the coming days.
This is the first tropical cyclone to form in the SW Pacific in the month of September since Tropical Cyclone 02P on September 12, 1950.
Tropical Cyclone Liua is currently a Cat 1 but is forecast to intensify to a Cat 2 before then weakening after 03:00 UTC, Sept 28 as it enters a more unfavourable environment, JTWC forecasters said.
WeatherWatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said on twitter, “Tropical Cyclone Liua develops well east of Australia. Yes you read right, it’s September and there’s a tropical cyclone.
“It’s amazing and exceptionally rare to see a named tropical cyclone so early in the season.”
Tropical Cyclone #Liua has formed in the Southwest Pacific near the southern Soloman Islands 🌀
This is the first TC to form during the month of September in the SW Pacific since Tropical Cyclone 02P on 12 Sep 1950 or in 68 years! [data: IBTrACS] pic.twitter.com/JRnWBw2hVO
— NIWA Weather (@NiwaWeather) September 26, 2018
A rare, out of season tropical cyclone was named near the southern Solomon Islands this morning. TC Liua is expected to intensify and move south-southwest into the Coral Sea in the coming days. For more information visit https://t.co/dOuKEVtwtL ^AB pic.twitter.com/jTCNZcDSgp
— MetService (@MetService) September 26, 2018
Liua formed from a disturbance located in the Australian region basin.
It crossed into the South Pacific basin on September 26, and was designated as Tropical Depression 01F by RSMC Nadi.
Late on September 26, the storm intensified into a tropical cyclone and was given the name Liua.
The tropical cyclone season officially starts on November 1 and ends April 30.